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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 [email protected]. 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
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Margaret Anne Staggers - Vice-Chair
Phone: 304/340-3197
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Daryl Cowles - Minority Chair
Phone: 304/340-3177
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Allen Evans - Minority Vice-Chair
Phone: 304/340-3399
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Larry W. Barker
Phone: 304/340-3149
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Brent Boggs
Phone: 304/340-3220
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Greg Butcher
Phone: 304/340-3113
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Thomas Campbell
Phone: 304/340-3280
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Gerald L. Crosier
Phone: 304/340-3188
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Joe Elington
Phone: 304/340-3172
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Marty Gearheart
Phone: 304/340-3179
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Daniel J. Hall
Phone: 304/340-3119
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Gary Howell
Phone: 304/340-3191
Email: [email protected]

Delegate K. Steven Kominar
Phone: 304/340-3186
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Harold Michael
Phone: 304/340-3340
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Eric Nelson
Phone: 304/340-3181
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Amanda Pasdon
Phone: 304/340-3153
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Brian Savilla
Phone: 304/340-3141
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Doug Skaff
Phone: 304/340-3362
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Margaret Donaldson Smith
Phone: 304/340-3123
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Rick Snuffer
Phone: 304/340-3183
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Dale Stephens
Phone: 304/340-3395
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Josh Stowers
Phone: 304/340-3384
Email: [email protected]

Delegate David Walker
Phone: 304/340-3135
Email: [email protected]

Delegate Danny Wells
Phone: 304/340-3287
Email: [email protected]
 

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I'm all for common sense on both sides of the issue, but a couple of these push the envelope a bit too ...

-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.
 

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This legislation provides a fair standard to judge exhaust noise by. Doesn't matter if you drive a beat-up '87 Camry, a brand new, stock WRX, or a Cobra kit car. We want enthusiasts to be able to modify their exhausts if they so chose and not be persecuted for it.
 

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I'd be happy to see fart cans and loud motorcycles tone it down. Plenty of cars are loud and slow and plenty are fast but not over the top with the noise.
some of those harley's are outright ridonkulous. i used to think it was just hard for people to hear while wearing a helmet. now i realize its because those harley riders are deaf from noise and it has nothing to do with the helmets.
 

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So this law is good because it sets a 95db standard, but the Oregon law from the Politics forum is bad because it sets a 93/95db standard?
 

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So this law is good because it sets a 95db standard, but the Oregon law from the Politics forum is bad because it sets a 93/95db standard?
The Orgeon law is bad because it outlaws the SALE of aftermarket exhausts within the state. Instead of targeting noise based on a standard, it throws the baby out with the bathwater.
 
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