Bill Reintroduced to Protect West Virginia Hobbyists from Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations


Legislation (H.B. 2150) that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced by Delegate Gary Howell ( for the 2015 legislative session.   Current West Virginia law only allows a muffler originally installed by the manufacturer or an equivalent.

Contact members of the West Virginia House Roads and Transportation Committee (List Below) to request their support for H.B. 2150

  • H.B. 2150 would remove subjective provisions in the law and force compliance with an objectively measured standard.  Under the standard, exhaust noise could not exceed a sound reading of 95-decibels under a fair and predictable test.
  • H.B. 2150 would benefit consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law.
  • H.B. 2150 would remedy the enforcement policy currently used by police officers in which nearly all exhaust system modifications are considered illegal, even where noise levels are not excessive or unusual.  This policy leaves enthusiasts, exhaust system manufacturers and dealers without recourse.
  • H.B. 2150 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are more durable, are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions and offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.
  • H.B. 2150 challenges the erroneous assumption that enthusiasts who equip their vehicles with modified exhaust systems are involved in illegal street racing.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the House Roads and Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to urge their support for H.B. 2150.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Thank you for your assistance. 

West Virginia House Roads and Transportation Committee

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

Delegate Marty Gearheart (Chair)
Phone: (304) 340-3179
Delegate Danny Hamrick (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (304) 340-3141
Delegate Linda Phillips
Phone: (304) 340-3163
Delegate Nancy Guthrie
Phone: (304) 340-3156
Delegate George Ambler
Phone: (304) 340-3129
Delegate Lynne Arvon
Phone: (304) 340-3384
Delegate Jim Butler
Phone: (304) 340-3199
Delegate Scott Cadle
Phone: (304) 340-3118
Delegate Paul Espinosa
Phone: (304) 340-3130
Delegate Allen Evans
Phone: (304) 340-3399
Delegate David Evans
Phone: (304) 340-3151
Delegate Tom Fast
Phone: (304) 340-3170
Delegate Gary Howell
Phone: (304) 340-3192
Delegate Michel Moffatt
Phone: (304) 340-3152
Delegate Matthew Rohrbach
Phone: (304) 340-3221
Delegate Joe Statler
Phone: (304) 340-3900
Delegate Amy Summers
Phone: (304) 340-3139
Delegate Danny Wagner
Phone: (304) 340-3398
Delegate Brent Boggs
Phone: (304) 340-3142
Delegate Linda Longstreth
Phone: (304) 340-3124
Delegate Rick Moye
Phone: (304) 340-3162
Delegate Doug Reynolds
Phone: (304) 340-3280
Delegate Peggy Smith
Phone: (304) 340-3123
Delegate Isaac Sponaugle
Phone: (304) 340-3154
Delegate Patsy Trecost
Phone: (304) 340-3102