New Muffler Sound Laws and Enforcement

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I apologize if this was already posted somewhere else, but I didn't see it. Every state has noise ordinances, but most are per the discretion of the community and not by a certain DB level. California has developed an entire sound enforcement department and program, which other states are interested in. The laws were passed in 2019, but because of COVID and budget constraints, police didn't get the testing equipment/inspectors (called by the nice name of "referees") until late 2021. So it goes like this:

1) Sound boxes will be placed at certain intersections and installed on cop cars. This will record your speed and sound db's coming and going with video. If over 95 db, An officer will stop and ticket you.
2) You pay the $100 fine, plus
3) You'll need to pay about $50 for an authorized station to get your DB's checked. The inspector will put your car in the HIGHEST DB LEVEL (certain RPM/cut out for older cars or race mode for newer if applicable). I think emission testing facilities will do this. If it falls, you'll need to change your mufflers (I'm guessing $500 if done yourself) and have it inspected again.
4) You'll need to show the traffic court your "certificate of compliance" within the specified time (I think 30 days) and pay court costs. (I'm guessing $50?)
5) New performance cars are failing. Registration is suspended after 30 days if mufflers not changed. License suspended if caught driving. Car or motorcycle impounded.

California Suspends Registration For Hyundai Elantra N Driver Because The Stock Exhaust is Too Loud


I'm for it. When a motorcycle or crappy car rattles my windows and wakes me up, I'm pretty sure that well over 100 db's.
 

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Perhaps it's simply my anti-authoritarian oppositional defiance, but I am most definitely NOT for it. Of course, that's also probably why I live a mile and a half from my nearest neighbor, three and a half miles from pavement, and 18 miles from the nearest stop light.
 

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Count me against it too. I doubt my Hellcat Redeye would pass. I live right downtown in a very urban setting. Lots of noise: trains, trucks, ambulance, fire, police, construction etc. Live and let live I say.
 

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I'm with you northcoast300h, provided it includes motorcycles, bumping stereos and ricers with grapefruit shooters
The ricers testing their rev limiters in the parking garage is what got our local cars and coffee shut down
20 Hardly Davidson's with straight pipes leaving the local biker bar
The license plate rattling stereo next to you at the red light
Sure your freedom to make noise, what about my freedom to have peace and quiet?
Well back to shaking my fist at the squirrels, let the hate begin
 

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Unless you live next to a biker clubhouse, or a repair shop that specializes in race cars with no exhaust, how many times a day, week or month does this occur? Sure, there was a few bikers that had to make a ton of noise the entire block when they drove by when I lived at my last place, but that lasted ten seconds. Had a neighbor testing out the new subs in their truck, once. Hell, my car can be heard four blocks away, mainly because of the low frequency of the exhaust note.

You shouldn't live in a populated area if you don't want noise. It's like saying that I don't like corn fields in the country, I knew what was here before I moved, I'm not going to try to chang anything. I get to hear diesel trucks, four wheelers, side by sides, and loud exhaust when it passes my house, and I love it. People out having a good time, hurting no one.

Sorry you have to deal with it, but is it really that bad? I have bigger things to worry about.
 

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I apologize if this was already posted somewhere else, but I didn't see it. Every state has noise ordinances, but most are per the discretion of the community and not by a certain DB level. California has developed an entire sound enforcement department and program, which other states are interested in. The laws were passed in 2019, but because of COVID and budget constraints, police didn't get the testing equipment/inspectors (called by the nice name of "referees") until late 2021. So it goes like this:

1) Sound boxes will be placed at certain intersections and installed on cop cars. This will record your speed and sound db's coming and going with video. If over 95 db, An officer will stop and ticket you.
2) You pay the $100 fine, plus
3) You'll need to pay about $50 for an authorized station to get your DB's checked. The inspector will put your car in the HIGHEST DB LEVEL (certain RPM/cut out for older cars or race mode for newer if applicable). I think emission testing facilities will do this. If it falls, you'll need to change your mufflers (I'm guessing $500 if done yourself) and have it inspected again.
4) You'll need to show the traffic court your "certificate of compliance" within the specified time (I think 30 days) and pay court costs. (I'm guessing $50?)
5) New performance cars are failing. Registration is suspended after 30 days if mufflers not changed. License suspended if caught driving. Car or motorcycle impounded.

California Suspends Registration For Hyundai Elantra N Driver Because The Stock Exhaust is Too Loud


I'm for it. When a motorcycle or crappy car rattles my windows and wakes me up, I'm pretty sure that well over 100 db's.
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Perhaps it's simply my anti-authoritarian oppositional defiance, but I am most definitely NOT for it. Of course, that's also probably why I live a mile and a half from my nearest neighbor, three and a half miles from pavement, and 18 miles from the nearest stop light.
Space travel needs to be gotten into the hands of the private sector.
We need new frontier to have any chance to continue a free humanity .
Clampdown is full on here and nowhere to run .
 

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Move out to the country.
Not everyone can afford to do that, I wish I did live 3 miles from my nearest neighbor, but I don't, and can't afford to, I also don't want a 30 minute drive to work
And yes there's a biker bar about a mile away, and they all drive past on the way home, then add in the rice rockets, the ricers testing out the rev limited, peeling and squeeling when the light turns red, the guy on his motorcycle with the stereo turned up loud enough he can hear it over his straight pipes
How many time a day do these things occur? About 30, and I'm low balling it, I can't have my front door open and watch TV during the summer
And I don't live IN the city, 100 yards and I'm outside city limits
There's no need to hold 1st gear until the rev limiter kicks in
 

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Not everyone can afford to do that, I wish I did live 3 miles from my nearest neighbor, but I don't, and can't afford to, I also don't want a 30 minute drive to work
And yes there's a biker bar about a mile away, and they all drive past on the way home, then add in the rice rockets, the ricers testing out the rev limited, peeling and squeeling when the light turns red, the guy on his motorcycle with the stereo turned up loud enough he can hear it over his straight pipes
How many time a day do these things occur? About 30, and I'm low balling it, I can't have my front door open and watch TV during the summer
And I don't live IN the city, 100 yards and I'm outside city limits
There's no need to hold 1st gear until the rev limiter kicks in
I live right next door to my neighbors, maybe 60-70 feet from my door. I work just the opposite side of my little town. I knew what was around me before I moved in, and had no complaints about the potential noise I'd hear. I prefer having a derby guy within a few blocks radius, it's always nice to hear them get their latest car ready to go rounds. A coworker who lives two blocks away was coming over to my house just as I was leaving for the dentist, my car firing up is what got him to jump in his truck to check it out.

I didn't notice mind most noise, when I bought my house they were redoing the streets, and I slept like a baby as those backhoes and compactors did their magic. Stupid 130db stereos can find their own special place in hell, however.
 

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As regulations grow, freedoms die.

California at this point is the least American place in this country. It’s appalling what continues to come out of that dump. If you want….I’ll go on a rant so I’ll bite my tongue.
 

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Ever since the emissions testing ended here in Ontario (about 3 years ago) lots of cars have had modified exhaust work done, with the addition of "fart cans" which sounds like a machine gun going off when you rev the engine and then take your foot off the gas. I am completely for nailing these a**holes. I'm sorry but nobody has the right to create irritating and nauseating noise in public for no g-d reason other than to be a complete jerk.
 

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That was a terrible reporting job! Bubb Rubb or Rubb Bubb, his car wasn't even loud, and he damn near hit cars on the opposite side of the street! Just a little old too, how many 70's wagons are cruising around Oakland these days?

Semi trucks and their Jake Brakes can be heard for almost a mile where I am, those guys just love them too.
 

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I apologize if this was already posted somewhere else, but I didn't see it. Every state has noise ordinances, but most are per the discretion of the community and not by a certain DB level. California has developed an entire sound enforcement department and program, which other states are interested in. The laws were passed in 2019, but because of COVID and budget constraints, police didn't get the testing equipment/inspectors (called by the nice name of "referees") until late 2021. So it goes like this:

1) Sound boxes will be placed at certain intersections and installed on cop cars. This will record your speed and sound db's coming and going with video. If over 95 db, An officer will stop and ticket you.
2) You pay the $100 fine, plus
3) You'll need to pay about $50 for an authorized station to get your DB's checked. The inspector will put your car in the HIGHEST DB LEVEL (certain RPM/cut out for older cars or race mode for newer if applicable). I think emission testing facilities will do this. If it falls, you'll need to change your mufflers (I'm guessing $500 if done yourself) and have it inspected again.
4) You'll need to show the traffic court your "certificate of compliance" within the specified time (I think 30 days) and pay court costs. (I'm guessing $50?)
5) New performance cars are failing. Registration is suspended after 30 days if mufflers not changed. License suspended if caught driving. Car or motorcycle impounded.

California Suspends Registration For Hyundai Elantra N Driver Because The Stock Exhaust is Too Loud


I'm for it. When a motorcycle or crappy car rattles my windows and wakes me up, I'm pretty sure that well over 100 db's.
Sounds like Germany to me lol. Just one more step over the top! But honestly, they are looking for ricers with fartboxes probably. As long as your car isnt louder than it was when first registered I wouldnt worry. Overreaching entrapment afterall...
 

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Maryland and Rockford , IL banned the Lil Red Express Truck for it's noise level when they were new.
 
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