UPDATE: Virginia Bills to Protect Enthusiasts from Unfair Citations Sent to Governor

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 5058/S.B. 5029 would change how certain traffic infractions are handled by law enforcement. If enacted, police may not stop motorists for suspected exhaust noise and excess window tint violations. 
  • H.B. 5058/S.B. 5029 endorses the fact that the current enforcement system unfairly targets car enthusiasts for minor infractions. 
  • H.B. 5058/S.B. 5029 recognizes the need for an improved enforcement standard for suspected exhaust noise violations, including an objective measure of a vehicle’s muffler sound.

Overview: SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 5058/S.B. 5029) has been passed by the Virginia legislature which includes provisions that would change how certain traffic infractions are enforced. Current law includes the following traffic infractions as primary offenses: operating a motor vehicle without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, without a light illuminating a license plate, with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and with certain objects suspended in the vehicle. If signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam, police would not be able stop motorists for such infractions.