Georgia Introduces Bill to Protect Enthusiasts from Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the members of the House Motor Vehicles Committee immediately to request support for H.B. 185:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 185 supplies inspectors with an enforcement standard, replacing a system that relies on subjective judgments on whether an exhaust system amplifies the noise emitted by the motor vehicle.
  • H.B. 185 recognizes that the best way to address exhaust noise is by establishing a fair and reasonable exhaust noise decibel limit.
  • H.B. 185 recognizes the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
  • H.B. 185 represents a real effort by legislators and hobbyists to enact reasonable legislation by allowing factory exhaust systems to be replaced with more durable, better performing options.  
  • H.B. 185 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.

Overview: SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 185) has been introduced in Georgia that would allow the use, sale, alteration, or installation of car mufflers that meet a 95-decibel noise limit. Under the current law, no person can sell, alter, or install a muffler which “causes excessive or unusual noise.” This bill provides an opportunity for vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective decibel limit under a fair and predictable test. The bill currently awaits consideration in the House Motor Vehicles Committee.