Hawaii Bill to Increase Fines for Violation of Aftermarket Exhaust System Ban Dies As Legislature Adjourns for Year

At least for this year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) defeated legislation in Hawaii that sought to provide a schedule of increased fines for those who violate the state’s ban on the sale, installation and use of certain motor vehicle mufflers.  Current law in Hawaii essentially prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle unless it is equipped with an exhaust system of a type installed as standard factory equipment.  SAN is working to encourage the adoption of exhaust noise standards that allow vehicle owners to prove compliance by an objectively measured, fair and predictable procedure. The Hawaii bill may be considered again next year.