California Bill To Amend 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Signed Into Law By Governor Gavin Newsom! Fix It Tickets Are Back And We Love It!

California Bill To Amend 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Signed Into Law By Governor Gavin Newsom! Fix It Tickets Are Back And We Love It!

This just in! Our friends at SEMA just sent out word that the incredibly strict enforcement regulations recently imposed for loud exhaust in the State of California have been change in our favor! Or at least more in our favor. Back in the day in California you just got a $10 or $15 “Fix It” Ticket for things like loud exhaust, dark window tint, being too low, etc. You would get the ticket, get whatever the infraction was fixed, and then have it signed off by a cop before submitting it to the court along with your minor fine. Recent legislation was enacted that allowed huge fines and no ability to reverse them. In addition, testing methods were confusing at best and conflicting or worse to most folks.

But that’s all changed now thanks to Governor Gavin Newsom! Here are the details straight from SEMA.

SEMA-Supported Legislation Restores “Fix-It” Tickets for Cars Suspected of Violating State’s Exhaust Noise Limit —

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2019) — California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SEMA-supported legislation (SB 112) that immediately restores “fix-it” tickets for cars suspected of violating the state’s exhaust noise limit and allows car owners 30 days to correct violations. SB 112 amends a 2018 law (AB 1824) that removed this ability and which generated significant concern within the specialty automotive aftermarket industry and enthusiast community.

“On behalf of the over 1,700 SEMA member companies in California, SEMA thanks Gov. Newsom for signing this critical legislation into law,” said Daniel Ingber, SEMA’s Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs. “With his signature, Gov. Newsom restored due process for motorists in the Golden State.”

SB 112, a budget implementation (trailer) bill, includes text drawn from SEMA-sponsored AB 390, which was authored by Assembly Members Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) and Tim Grayson (D-Concord) in early 2019. Under normal legislative procedure, AB 390 would not have been implemented until January 2020. SB 112 is effective immediately.

SB 112 was championed in the legislature by Assembly Members Grayson, Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Oceanside), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Phil Chen (R-Diamond Bar), and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Since 2003, exhaust systems installed on motor vehicles in California with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of less than 6,000 pounds, other than motorcycles, may not exceed a sound level of 95-decibels when tested under a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) procedure. SB 112 does not change this.


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5 thoughts on “California Bill To Amend 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Signed Into Law By Governor Gavin Newsom! Fix It Tickets Are Back And We Love It!

  1. Patrick

    Thats too bad, tired of hearing douches on their Harleys and crappy v-6 Camaros and Mustangs think they are cool

    1. Brendan Buster

      I\’m with Patrick on this. I can be deafened by a Harley or Honda, doesn\’t matter the brand. Loud is loud and it\’s an annoyance to everyone driving next to you and living anywhere you drive. You can make a high flowing exhaust reasonably quiet.

  2. David Sanborn

    I like the brawny burble of a muffled performance engine, but lately the NOIZ has gotten out of hand with every hey-hey-look-at-me bro putting a deafening, unmuffled exhaust on their bro-dozer / Harley / sport bike / shitty Honda etc etc etc. They have decibel standards in Germany, Japan and other countries that value order over chaos & ideally America should too.

    This from a guy who deeply distrusts cops being given yet another avenue for income streams …

  3. Curtis

    SOME loud vehicles are obnoxious, but not all. How do you keep the annoying ones quiet and yet allow hot rodders to enjoy the sound of their creations? Freedoms lost are ery difficult to regain.

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