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Bill would protect W.Va. hobbyists from unfair noise citations

SEMA legislative update:

West Virginia Bill to Protect Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

Legislation (H.B. 2456) that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was introduced in the West Virginia State Legislature by Delegate Gary Howell. 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. 2456

H.B. 2456 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. 2456 would benefit consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law.

H.B. 2456 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. 2456 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are more durable and designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.

H.B. 2456 recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.

H.B. 2456 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 A.B. 2456.
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.

West Virginia House Roads and Transportation Committee

Delegate Dale Martin – Chair
Phone: 304/340-3134

Delegate Margaret Anne Staggers - Vice-Chair
Phone: 304/340-3197

Delegate Daryl Cowles - Minority Chair
Phone: 304/340-3177

Delegate Allen Evans - Minority Vice-Chair
Phone: 304/340-3399

Delegate Larry W. Barker
Phone: 304/340-3149

Delegate Brent Boggs
Phone: 304/340-3220

Delegate Greg Butcher
Phone: 304/340-3113

Delegate Thomas Campbell
Phone: 304/340-3280

Delegate Gerald L. Crosier
Phone: 304/340-3188

Delegate Joe Elington
Phone: 304/340-3172

Delegate Marty Gearheart
Phone: 304/340-3179

Delegate Daniel J. Hall
Phone: 304/340-3119

Delegate Gary Howell
Phone: 304/340-3191

Delegate K. Steven Kominar
Phone: 304/340-3186

Delegate Harold Michael
Phone: 304/340-3340

Delegate Eric Nelson
Phone: 304/340-3181

Delegate Amanda Pasdon
Phone: 304/340-3153

Delegate Brian Savilla
Phone: 304/340-3141

Delegate Doug Skaff
Phone: 304/340-3362

Delegate Margaret Donaldson Smith
Phone: 304/340-3123

Delegate Rick Snuffer
Phone: 304/340-3183

Delegate Dale Stephens
Phone: 304/340-3395

Delegate Josh Stowers
Phone: 304/340-3384

Delegate David Walker
Phone: 304/340-3135

Delegate Danny Wells
Phone: 304/340-3287

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