Virginia Introduces Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles from Exhaust System Restrictions

 

Legislation (H.B. 741) that would allow Virginia’s antique vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems has been introduced in Virginia.  Currently, all vehicles are required to have exhaust systems of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment.  Further, exhaust systems must not emit noise in excess of that permitted by the standard factory equipment.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the House Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for H.B. 741

  • Under Virginia law, an antique motor vehicle is every motor vehicle which was actually manufactured or designated by the manufacturer as a model manufactured in a calendar year not less than 25 years prior to January 1 of each calendar year and is owned solely as a collector's item.
     
  • H.B. 741 would benefit consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law.
     
  • H.B. 741 would remedy the enforcement policy currently used by police officers in which nearly all exhaust systems not of a type installed as standard factory equipment are considered illegal - even where noise levels are not excessive.  This policy leaves antique vehicle enthusiasts, exhaust system manufacturers and dealers without recourse.
     
  • H.B. 741 recognizes that factory replacement parts or comparables are not always readily available for antique motor vehicles.
     
  • H.B. 741 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Virginia House Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for H.B. 741.   

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

Virginia House Transportation Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

DelTRust@house.virginia.gov; DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov; DelEScott@house.virginia.gov; DelRVillanueva@house.virginia.gov; DelBComstock@house.virginia.gov; DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov; DelGHabeeb@house.virginia.gov; DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov; DelRMinchew@house.virginia.gov; DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov; DelJLeMunyon@house.virginia.gov; DelGDavis@house.virginia.gov; DelSTaylor@house.virginia.gov; DelTAustin@house.virginia.gov; DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov; DelJWard@house.virginia.gov; DelMBaCote@house.virginia.gov; DelRBrink@house.virginia.gov; DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov; DelDMcQuinn@house.virginia.gov; DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov; DelEFiller-Corn@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Thomas Rust (Chair)
Phone: (804) 698-1086
 
Delegate Tim Hugo
Phone: (804) 698-1040
 
Delegate Edward Scott
Phone: (804) 698-1030
 
Delegate Ronald Villanueva
Phone: (804) 698-1021
 
Delegate Barbara Comstock
Phone: (804) 698-1034
 
Delegate Scott Garrett
Phone: (804) 698-1023
 
Delegate Gregory Habeeb
Phone: (804) 698-1008
 
Delegate Richard Anderson
Phone: (804) 698-1051
 
Delegate J. Randall Minchew
Phone: (804) 698-1010
 
Delegate David Yancey
Phone: (804) 698-1094
 
Delegate James LeMunyon
Phone: (804) 698-1067
 
Delegate Glenn Davis
Phone: (804) 698-1084
 
Delegate Scott Taylor
Phone: (804) 698-1085
 
Delegate Terry Austin
Phone: (804) 698-1019
 
Delegate Dave LaRock
Phone: (804) 698-1033
 
Delegate Jeion Ward
Phone: (804) 698-1092
 
Delegate Mamye BaCote
Phone: (804) 698-1095
 
Delegate Robert Brink
Phone: (804) 698-1048
 
Delegate David Toscano
Phone: (804) 698-1057
 
Delegate Delores McQuinn
Phone: (804) 698-1070
 
Delegate Betsy Carr
Phone: (804) 698-1069
 
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
Phone: (804) 698-1041
 

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