UPDATE: Hawaii Continues Advancing Unfair Exhaust Noise Bills
DON’T DELAY! Please contact lawmakers to request their opposition to these proposals:
Overview: Hawaii has introduced SAN-opposed legislation (S.B. 586 / S.B. 587) to reform enforcement of its exhaust noise laws. Additional legislation (S.B. 588) was also introduced to develop a pilot program for testing noise cameras to ticket loud cars and trucks. However, the underlying laws are fundamentally flawed. Currently, Hawaii prohibits mufflers that “noticeably increase the noise” and mandates that mufflers must be identical to their factory setting. The current law is unenforceable as it is vague, subjective, and unfair. All these bills passed the Senate and are now under consideration in the House—these lawmakers must hear from you before more votes are held! S.B. 586 / S.B. 587 passed the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs and now await consideration by the full House. S.B. 588 passed the House Committee on Finance and now awaits consideration by the full House.
Hawaii needs to implement a fair testing procedure and decibel limit for vehicle owners accused of unreasonable exhaust noise violations. Other states have adopted a decibel limit of 95 decibels when tested under and SAE International procedure, which provides a fair and reasonable working system. This SAN-supported SAE test is conducted in a controlled environment using objective methodology. This solution offers Hawaii a clear standard with a proven record of success.