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    • Fact vs. Fiction on California's new $1000 fine Exhaust Noise Law or California Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1824

      Live in California? Have a loud exhaust? Well, read up. A lot of information is flying about regarding a new exhaust law in California with people stating they are immediately being fined $1000 rather than get a 'fix it' ticket. This is not exactly the case.


      SEMA put out a great little article on the facts versus the fiction regarding A.B. 1824 which you can read below.

      California is making it tougher and tougher for car enthusiasts, tuners, and anyone who loves cars.


      California Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1824 was signed into law by then-Governor Jerry Brown in June of 2018 as part of the state’s budget process. The legislation amended how California law enforcement officials may issue a citation for exhaust noise violations.

      The bill has generated significant concern within the industry and enthusiast community, along with some misinformation. This document seeks to clarify the matter. Most notably, enactment of A.B. 1824 did not change existing laws pertaining to exhaust noise or the sale and installation of aftermarket exhaust systems in California. Here are the facts.

      WERE CALIFORNIA’S EXHAUST NOISE RULES CHANGED?

      No. Since 2003, exhaust systems installed on motor vehicles with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of less than 6,000 pounds, other than motorcycles, may not exceed a sound level of 95-decibels when tested under Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) test procedure J1169 (May 1998). This was not changed by A.B. 1824.

      IS IT NOW ILLEGAL TO INSTALL AN AFTERMARKET EXHAUST SYSTEM ON MY VEHICLE?

      No. The sale and installation of an aftermarket exhaust system remains legal in California so long as it does not exceed a sound level of 95-decibels when tested under SAE J1169 and complies with all other exhaust and safety laws and regulations.

      IF EXHAUST NOISE LAWS DIDN’T CHANGE, WHAT DID?

      Beginning January 1, 2019, a motorist cited for violating the current California exhaust noise law can receive an immediate fine. Previously, motorists received what is known as a “fix-it” ticket, which allowed for 30-days to correct the violation.

      WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I GET A TICKET?

      Consumers in receipt of a violation still have the option of seeking a certificate of compliance from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) demonstrating that their exhaust emits no more than 95-decibels. This SEMA-sponsored program allows courts to dismiss citations for exhaust systems that have been tested and for which a certificate of compliance has been issued. BAR does not currently issue preemptive certificates of compliance.

      IF I GET PULLED OVER, WILL I RECEIVE A $1,000 FINE?

      According to the Judicial Council of California’s Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules for 2019, the suggested base fine/fee for a first conviction is $25 with a total fee of $193.

      I’VE STILL GOT QUESTIONS?

      Please contact Christian Robinson, SEMA’s Director of State Government Affairs.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Fact vs. Fiction on California's new $1000 fine Exhaust Noise Law or California Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1824 started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 4 Comments
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        WARNING: This article contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects.
      1. govr46's Avatar
        govr46 -
        My question is what about all the cars that came stock with exhaust that exceeds the 95db levels. ( Carerra GT ) any supercar.
      1. Torgus's Avatar
        Torgus -
        Right so cops will walk around with DB meters? Reving an engine not underload is quiet in comparison to load. Whole thing is dumb...

        That being said in MA it is written as you cannot modify exhaust to be any louder than factory. No decibel limit is given. So, it is even worse. You can't fight the ticket basically.
      1. mallenwase's Avatar
        mallenwase -
        My question is what about all the cars that came stock with exhaust that exceeds the 95db levels. ( Carerra GT ) any supercar.