California Senate Approves SB 435

EPA labels required beyond 2013 under proposed law

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 01, 2010
A bill mandating EPA-compliant exhausts has been approved by California’s state Senate and is now awaiting approval from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Senate Billl 435 was passed by California’s state Senate on a 21-16 vote and it now falls upon the governor to either sign the bill or veto it.

SB. 435 would make it illegal for motorcycles built after Jan. 1, 2013 to use exhaust systems that meet federal sound emission standards.

If approved, riders found using an exhaust without an EPA label certifying sound emission compliance would be issued “fix-it” tickets by law enforcement officers.

“Many EPA labels are very difficult to locate on motorcycles,” says Nick Haris, AMA Western States representative. “This proposed law could lead to a flurry of tickets for motorcyclists who have legal exhaust systems on their machines with EPA labels that can't be easily seen. It's unreasonable to expect a law enforcement officer to easily locate an EPA label, and it’s simply unfair to expect a motorcycle owner to partially dismantle an exhaust system alongside the road to prove the label exists.”

The AMA is asking Californians to contact the governor asking him to veto SB. 435.

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