Legislation to Establish Exhaust Noise Limit Reintroduced in New Jersey
Legislation (A.B. 757) that would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to prescribe a decibel limit to which all aftermarket mufflers sold in the state would have to be certified to operate has been introduced in the New Jersey State Legislature. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Gordon, gives no instruction as to what the decibel limit should be.
In some states, noise limits for modified exhaust systems are established by a SEMA model bill (attached) and applicable to an easy to administer test standard. The SEMA model provides for the testing of vehicle exhaust noise to a standard adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) with an established noise limit of 95-decibels (SAE J1169). Under the SAE standard, a sound meter is placed 20 inches from the exhaust outlet at a 45 degree angle and the engine is revved to three quarters of maximum rated horsepower. The highest decibel reading is then recorded.
To date, with the popular support of vehicle enthusiasts and related businesses, the model has been enacted in California
, Washington State and Maine. This year, the SEMA model was introduced in Virginia.
Contact members of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee (List Below) to request their opposition to A.B. 757 and their support for a 95-decibel limit under SAE J1169
The SEMA model removes 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.
The SEMA model would benefit consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law.
The SEMA model 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, despite having the law on their side.
The SEMA model recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
The SEMA model removes authority for the calculation of a decibel limit from state regulators and puts it back in the hands of your elected representatives.
DONT DELAY! Please contact members of the New Jersey Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support of the 95-decibel limit under SAE J1169. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you for your assistance.
New Jersey Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
John F. McKeon, Chair
Robert M. Gordon, Vice-Chair
Michael J. Panter
John E. Rooney
Charles T. Epps
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Please call New Jersey State House at (609) 292-4840