Virginia Introduces Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles from Exhaust System Restrictions


Legislation (H.B. 741) that would allow Virginia’s antique vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems has been introduced in Virginia.  Currently, all vehicles are required to have exhaust systems of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment.  Further, exhaust systems must not emit noise in excess of that permitted by the standard factory equipment.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the House Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for H.B. 741

  • Under Virginia law, an antique motor vehicle is every motor vehicle which was actually manufactured or designated by the manufacturer as a model manufactured in a calendar year not less than 25 years prior to January 1 of each calendar year and is owned solely as a collector's item.
  • H.B. 741 would benefit consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law.
  • H.B. 741 would remedy the enforcement policy currently used by police officers in which nearly all exhaust systems not of a type installed as standard factory equipment are considered illegal - even where noise levels are not excessive.  This policy leaves antique vehicle enthusiasts, exhaust system manufacturers and dealers without recourse.
  • H.B. 741 recognizes that factory replacement parts or comparables are not always readily available for antique motor vehicles.
  • H.B. 741 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Virginia House Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for H.B. 741.   

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  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. 

Virginia House Transportation Committee

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Delegate Thomas Rust (Chair)
Phone: (804) 698-1086
Delegate Tim Hugo
Phone: (804) 698-1040
Delegate Edward Scott
Phone: (804) 698-1030
Delegate Ronald Villanueva
Phone: (804) 698-1021
Delegate Barbara Comstock
Phone: (804) 698-1034
Delegate Scott Garrett
Phone: (804) 698-1023
Delegate Gregory Habeeb
Phone: (804) 698-1008
Delegate Richard Anderson
Phone: (804) 698-1051
Delegate J. Randall Minchew
Phone: (804) 698-1010
Delegate David Yancey
Phone: (804) 698-1094
Delegate James LeMunyon
Phone: (804) 698-1067
Delegate Glenn Davis
Phone: (804) 698-1084
Delegate Scott Taylor
Phone: (804) 698-1085
Delegate Terry Austin
Phone: (804) 698-1019
Delegate Dave LaRock
Phone: (804) 698-1033
Delegate Jeion Ward
Phone: (804) 698-1092
Delegate Mamye BaCote
Phone: (804) 698-1095
Delegate Robert Brink
Phone: (804) 698-1048
Delegate David Toscano
Phone: (804) 698-1057
Delegate Delores McQuinn
Phone: (804) 698-1070
Delegate Betsy Carr
Phone: (804) 698-1069
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
Phone: (804) 698-1041