Bill Reintroduced to Protect West Virginia Hobbyists from Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

 

Legislation (H.B. 2150) that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced by Delegate Gary Howell (gary.howell@wvhouse.gov) for the 2015 legislative session.   Current West Virginia law only allows a muffler originally installed by the manufacturer or an equivalent.

Contact members of the West Virginia House Roads and Transportation Committee (List Below) to request their support for H.B. 2150

  • H.B. 2150 would remove subjective provisions in the law and force compliance with an objectively measured standard.  Under the standard, exhaust noise could not exceed a sound reading of 95-decibels under a fair and predictable test.
     
  • H.B. 2150 would benefit consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law.
     
  • H.B. 2150 would remedy the enforcement policy currently used by police officers in which nearly all exhaust system modifications are considered illegal, even where noise levels are not excessive or unusual.  This policy leaves enthusiasts, exhaust system manufacturers and dealers without recourse.
     
  • H.B. 2150 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are more durable, are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions and offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.
     
  • H.B. 2150 challenges the erroneous assumption that enthusiasts who equip their vehicles with modified exhaust systems are involved in illegal street racing.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the House Roads and Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to urge their support for H.B. 2150.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Thank you for your assistance. 

West Virginia House Roads and Transportation Committee

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

 
Delegate Marty Gearheart (Chair)
Phone: (304) 340-3179
 
Delegate Danny Hamrick (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (304) 340-3141
 
Delegate Linda Phillips
Phone: (304) 340-3163
 
Delegate Nancy Guthrie
Phone: (304) 340-3156
 
Delegate George Ambler
Phone: (304) 340-3129
 
Delegate Lynne Arvon
Phone: (304) 340-3384
 
Delegate Jim Butler
Phone: (304) 340-3199
 
Delegate Scott Cadle
Phone: (304) 340-3118
 
Delegate Paul Espinosa
Phone: (304) 340-3130
 
Delegate Allen Evans
Phone: (304) 340-3399
 
Delegate David Evans
Phone: (304) 340-3151
 
Delegate Tom Fast
Phone: (304) 340-3170
 
Delegate Gary Howell
Phone: (304) 340-3192
 
Delegate Michel Moffatt
Phone: (304) 340-3152
 
Delegate Matthew Rohrbach
Phone: (304) 340-3221
 
Delegate Joe Statler
Phone: (304) 340-3900
 
Delegate Amy Summers
Phone: (304) 340-3139
 
Delegate Danny Wagner
Phone: (304) 340-3398
 
Delegate Brent Boggs
Phone: (304) 340-3142
 
Delegate Linda Longstreth
Phone: (304) 340-3124
 
Delegate Rick Moye
Phone: (304) 340-3162
 
Delegate Doug Reynolds
Phone: (304) 340-3280
 
Delegate Peggy Smith
Phone: (304) 340-3123
 
Delegate Isaac Sponaugle
Phone: (304) 340-3154
 
Delegate Patsy Trecost
Phone: (304) 340-3102
 

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