In addition, the California law requires aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems made on or after Jan. Vehicles in violation must be brought into compliance. A person may not alter an exhaust particle emission system built into a motor vehicle to decrease its effectiveness. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive upon the public highways any motor scooter, as defined in section 286-2, the exhaust pipe or muffler of which has been so changed from the factory design as to increase the volume or audibility of the explosions within the motor thereof. The muffler must be for the reduction of noise. A person may not modify the exhaust system or any other noise abatement device of a motor vehicle driven or to be driven on any highway in this State in such a way that the noise emitted by the vehicle exceeds that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured.
In addition, any motorcycle model that is dated 2013 or later or has an aftermarket exhaust system must have an official noise emission label from the Environmental Protection Agency placed on it before it can be lawfully operated or even parked in the state of California. Call in number - 347 826-7753. Do you know them all? This document seeks to clarify the matter. However, it cannot be installed on a new motorcycle until the motorcycle has been sold to an ultimate purchaser. On and after the effective date of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this section it shall be unlawful to operate on the highways of this State any vehicle or to sell or offer for sale in this State any vehicle which fails to comply with the emission levels established by such rules and regulations. Motorcycles manufactured after 2013 or that have an aftermarket exhaust system manufactured after 2013 must have a U.
These rules are meant to protect pedestrians and residents from noise pollution, as engines that are too loud can disturb the peace or even set off car alarms as they go by. The defective exhaust system shall be replaced or repaired to restore the exhaust system to the performance specifications of the original equipment. The prohibit against unusual noise refers to noises that are unusual for motor vehicles. The legislation amended how California law-enforcement officials may issue a citation for exhaust noise violations. The following are defenses to a violation of subsection 1 or 3. Texas is unique in that, unlike most states, it does not proscribe a specific decibel level in regards to the exhaust system on vehicles. Gasoline Chapter 246 Motor Vehicles Sec.
The system must be leak proof and all components must be securely attached to the vehicle and located so as not to interfere with the operation of the motorcycle. No person shall use on the exhaust system or tail pipe of a motor vehicle any extension or device which will cause excessive or unusual noise. The format of the E. At these meetings, many questions were asked pertaining to the sale and installation of aftermarket motorcycle parts in California. E A board of county commissioners of any county may regulate noise from passenger cars, motorcycles, or other devices using internal combustion engines in the unincorporated area of the county, and a board of township trustees may regulate such noise in the unincorporated area of the township, in any of the following ways: 1 By prohibiting operating or causing to be operated any motor vehicle, agricultural tractor, motorcycle, all-purpose vehicle, or snowmobile not equipped with a factory-installed muffler or equivalent muffler in good working order and in constant operation; 2 By prohibiting the removing or rendering inoperative, or causing to be removed or rendered inoperative, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair, or replacement, of any muffler; 3 By prohibiting the discharge into the open air of exhaust of any stationary or portable internal combustion engine except through a factory-installed muffler or equivalent muffler in good working order and in constant operation; 4 By prohibiting racing the motor of any vehicle described in division E 1 of this section in such a manner that the exhaust system emits a loud, cracking, or chattering noise unusual to its normal operation. If you choose to vary from that, be cautious of the laws for each state you plan to ride in.
Motorcycle Licensing tiered by engine displacement: There are 14 states that have licensing that varies based on engine size. Within a handful of years, the early 1970s saw almost all states enforcing a universal motorcycle helmet law. The engine and power mechanism of every motor vehicle shall be so equipped and adjusted as to prevent the escape of excessive fumes and smoke. A turbocharger is not considered a muffler. Reflectorization also known as being retro-reflective means that the helmet has added reflective tape, decals, or materials to help it stand out and visually catch your attention. It is also important to recognize that any changes made to a motorcycle will have to be approved by the proper governing board in the state.
Check your tires for recalls. Motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket motorcycle exhaust makers are required to certify compliance prior to sale. A person may not operate a motor vehicle with an exhaust system that has been modified when the result of that modification is the amplification or increase of noise emitted by the motor above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle. The vehicle under test shall be positioned either on outdoor pavement or on a shop floor but not over a hoist or pit in a location where the exhaust outlets are near an open shop door. One state limits the eye protection requirement to those riders under age 18, one limits it to riders under age 21 and one requires it only for speeds over 35 mph. Although much simpler than the test methods specified in Section 23130 and 2310.
Instead, take your car to a National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned track or drag strip sears point , where you can race safely under optimum conditions and don't have to run from the cops or worried about someone shooting off their guns. See Air Resources Board web site for more information and a list of aftermarket parts that are legal. Exhaust systems on property-carrying vehicles used on any highway shall discharge the exhaust fumes at a point rearward of the passenger-carrying compartment. Other opponents of the bill said there are already existing federal laws that cover motorcycle emissions and loud mufflers, and another bill is costly and redundant. There is no requirement that the manufacturer sound test each individual vehicle. No person shall use a muffler cut-out or by-pass. .
That stayed consistent until 1976 when states successfully lobbied Congress to stop the Department of Transportation from considering financial penalties on states without helmet laws in place. For exhaust outlets that make an angle of 45 degree or less with the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, the microphone shall be outboard of the exhaust axis. No person, including a motor vehicle dealer or repairer or a motorcycle dealer, shall install, and no person shall use, on a motor vehicle, a muffler or mufflers lacking interior baffle plates or other effective muffling devices, a gutted muffler, a muffler cutout or a straight exhaust except when the motor vehicle is operated in a race, contest or demonstration of speed or skill as a public exhibition pursuant to subsection a of section 14-164a, or any mechanical device which will amplify the noise emitted by the vehicle. While vehicles classified as competition vehicles do not have to meet emission standards, they also cannot be driven outside of a closed-course competition environment. The law took effect on Jan.
No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle, and such original muffler shall comply with all of the requirements of this section. We're all scofflaws to them Now if they would pass a law to silence the dry clutch on my neighbors 916 Duc I could watch my grass grow in peace! Can these be used to cite loud vehicles? I live 2 miles away from a 4 lane highway. Starting the 1979model year, add-on and modified parts for on-road motorcycles have been required to receive an anti-tampering exemption. The muffler or mufflers shall be maintained by the owner in good working order and shall be in use whenever the motor vehicle is operated. A motor vehicle must be equipped with a muffler free from the following visually discernible conditions: 1 Exhaust gas leaks.
Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler or other effective noise-suppressing system in good working order and in constant operation, and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, bypass or similar device. California Exhaust Law On Sept. Mufflers — prevention of noise. Some dedicated performance enthusiasts, however, are putting their cars, their buddies and their lives on the line by street racing. No person shall operate either a motor vehicle or combination of vehicles of a type subject to registration at any time or under any condition of grade, load, acceleration or deceleration in such a manner as to exceed the following noise limit for the category of motor vehicle within the speed limits specified in Table 1. Environmental Protection Agency label affixed to it to be operated in California.