UPDATE: California Bill to Repeal 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Passes Transportation Committee

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Assembly Committee on Appropriations to request support for AB 390—ask others to follow suit by spreading the word:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • AB 390 restores law enforcement’s discretion to issue “fix-it” tickets for exhaust noise violations and broken mufflers.
  • AB 390 does not change California’s 95-decibel exhaust noise limits for motor vehicles.
  • AB 390 restores clarity to the law for motorists and the companies that manufacture and install exhaust products.  
  • AB 390 recognizes that eliminating fix-it tickets for loud exhaust systems or broken mufflers is not in-line with recent legislative efforts to reduce the burden of traffic fines on low-income individuals. 

Overview: Legislation (AB 390) has been introduced in California to repeal the section of a 2018 law (AB 1824) that amended how state law enforcement officials issue citations for exhaust noise violations and broken mufflers. Under the current law, a vehicle cited for violating exhaust noise laws no longer receives what is known as a “fix-it” ticket. Instead, violations now result in an immediate fine. AB 390 would re-institute law enforcement’s discretion to issue “fix-it” tickets. The bill passed the Transportation Committee without opposition and will now be considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. 

More information: Fact vs. Fiction: California’s New Exhaust Noise Law