The bill to ban the sale or installation of “an exhaust system which has been modified in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” was not considered by the Massachusetts State House of Representatives before the legislature adjourned for the year. Like previous efforts in Massachusetts, the bill ignored the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions; did not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation; and would have made it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options. The bill had been revised from last year’s version to exclude limited-use “antique motor cars.” Though unlikely, the bill could be revived in special session later this year. We will keep you updated as events warrant.
Thank you all for your hard work on this effort.