California's Newest Exhaust Laws... What Really Happened

Monday, January 7, 2019 –


A lot of you guys have been asking about California's new exhaust laws, so we are going to take a minute to explain what is going on. Here's our take on the situation. If you think this law affects you, you can list your exhaust to sell on our classifieds HERE or buy a new exhaust from our store HERE. To stay updated on the situation make sure you are subscribed to our youtube channel.

As of January 1st 2019 California's CHP is enforcing the new exhaust law that states, CA. V.C. 27151 No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle so that the vehicle is not in compliance with the provisions of Section 27150 or exceeds the noise limits established for the type of vehicle in Article 2.5(commencing with Section 27200) of this chapter. No person shall operate a motor vehicle with an exhaust system so modified.

This law has been in effect for some time now, but a few things have changed. 1.) California was issued a federal grant which allows for more law enforcement officers specifically looking to cite people for having a modified exhaust. 2.) If you get cited it is NO LONGER A "FIX IT" TICKET. You have to take the car to a state ref and get it checked out, after that you go before a judge and can be fined up to $1,000.

Our thoughts? Things like this have happened before and after a couple months it all goes back to normal. In the mean time there is a petition that you can sign HERE.

The laws are stated below if you wanted to check them out for yourself.

CA. V.C. 27151 No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle so that the vehicle is not in compliance with the provisions of Section 27150 or exceeds the noise limits established for the type of vehicle in Article 2.5(commencing with Section 27200) of this chapter. No person shall operate a motor vehicle with an exhaust system so modified.

CA. V.C. 27150 (a) Every motor vehicle subject to registration shall be equipped with an adequate muffler in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise, and no muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cutout, bypass, or similar device.(b) Except as provided in Division 16.5 (commencing with Section 38000) with respect to off-highway motor vehicles subject to identification, every passenger vehicle operated off the highways shall at all times be equipped with an adequate muffler in constant operation and proper maintained so as to meet the requirements of Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 27200), and no muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cutout, bypass, or similar device. (c) The provision of subdivision (b) shall not be applicable to passenger vehicles being operated off the highways in an organized racing or competitive event conducted under the auspices of a recognized sanctioning body or by permit issued by the local governmental authority having jurisdiction.

CA.V.C. 27200 (a) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not register on a dealer's report of sale a new motor vehicle, except an off-highway motor vehicle subject to identification as provided in Division 16.5 (commencing with Section 38000), Which produces a maximum noise exceeding the applicable noise limit at a distance of 50 feet from the centerline of travel under test procedures established by the Department of Highway Patrol.

written by Tim O'Connor







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