Hawaii Bill to Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

Legislation (H.B. 2209) to require official inspection stations to test vehicles to determine if their exhaust systems “emit noise noticeably greater than that emitted by the vehicle as equipped from the factory” was introduced in Hawaii.  Under the bill, inspection stations found to have issued a certificate of inspection in violation of this provision could be fined up to $1,000 and  have their inspection permits suspended or revoked. 

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Hawaii House Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Oppose H.B. 2209

  • H.B. 2209 provides no test by which vehicles could be tested.  Many states have established noise limits for modified exhaust systems based on an easy to administer objective test standard (SAE J1169) to a fair noise limit of 95-decibels.
  • H.B. 2209 would force inspectors to fail vehicles for violation of an unspecified test.
  • H.B. 2209 does not provide inspection stations with decibel readings on factory-installed exhaust systems. 
  • H.B. 2209 ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
  • H.B. 2209 would make it impossible for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Hawaii House Transportation Committee immediately to request their opposition to H.B. 2209.

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. 

Hawaii House Transportation Committee

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

repyamane@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptakayama@capitol.hawaii.gov; repaquino@capitol.hawaii.gov; repnakashima@capitol.hawaii.gov; rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptakumi@capitol.hawaii.gov; repichiyama@capitol.hawaii.gov; repyamashita@capitol.hawaii.gov; reping@capitol.hawaii.gov; repfukumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Ryan Yamane (Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6150
Representative Gregg Takayama (Vice Chair)
Phone: 808-586-6340
Representative Henry Aquino
Phone: 808-586-6520
Representative Mark Nakashima
Phone: 808-586-6680
Representative Sharon Har
Phone: 808-586-8500
Representative Roy Takumi
Phone: 808-586-6170
Representative Linda Ichiyama
Phone: 808-586-6220
Representative Kyle Yamashita
Phone: 808-586-6330
Representative Kaniela Ing
Phone: 808-586-8525
Representative Beth Fukumoto
Phone: 808-586-9460