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Massachusetts Reintroduces Bill to Ban the Use/Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

Massachusetts Reintroduces Bill to Ban the Use/Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems


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URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Massachusetts Reintroduces Bill to Ban the Use/Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems
A bill (H.B. 952) to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle including motorcycles” has been reintroduced in the Massachusetts State Legislature by Representative Theodore Speliotis ([email protected]). An identical bill was introduced in 2009 by the same sponsor and was set aside for study without any committee consideration.

We Urge You to Contact the Members of the Joint Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 952


  • H.B. 952 ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
  • H.B. 952 does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation.
  • H.B. 952 fails to recognize that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.
  • H.B. 952 would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 952. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at [email protected]. Thank you for your assistance.
Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee
Senator Thomas M. McGee - Senate Chair
Phone: 617/722-1350
Email: [email protected]
Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan - Senate Vice Chair
Phone: 617/722-1230
Email: [email protected]
Representative William M. Straus - House Chair
Phone: 617/722-2400
Email: [email protected]

Representative Aaron M. Michlewitz - House Vice Chair
Phone: 617/722-2400
Email: [email protected]
Senator Karen Spilka
Phone: 617/722-1640
Email: [email protected]
Senator Michael F. Rush
Phone: 617/722-1348
Email: [email protected]
Senator Brian A. Joyce
Phone: 617/722-1643
Email: [email protected]
Senator Marc R. Pacheco
Phone: 617/722-1551
Email: [email protected]
Senator Robert L. Hedlund
Phone: 617/722-1646
Email: [email protected]
Representative James R. Miceli
Phone: 617/722-2460
Email: [email protected]
Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr
Phone: 617/722-2013
Email: [email protected]
Representative Denise Provost
Phone: 617/722-2263
Email: [email protected]
Representative Timothy R. Madden
Phone: 617/722-2810
Email: [email protected]
Representative Marcos A. Devers
Phone: 617/722-2011
Email: [email protected]
Representative Mark J. Cusack
Phone: 617/722-2400
Email: [email protected]
Representative Michael J. Finn
Phone: 617/722-2400
Email: [email protected]
Representative John J. Mahoney
Phone: 617/722-2450
Email: [email protected]
Representative Chris Walsh
Phone: 617/722-2014
Email: [email protected]
Representative Donald H. Wong
Phone: 617/722-2488
Email: [email protected]
Representative Steven S. Howitt
Phone: 617/722-2305
Email: [email protected]
 

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Now, THAT is a dumb idea.
Sounds like New England . . .
(Says the Southerner . . . hehehehehehe)
 

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they are trying to do it in virginia too ,its a commonwealth thing. but i wish thay would ticket all not just racer looking cars....i got pulled once a week in va but bikes and trucks were exempt from law.i will do my share and write or call nu8mbers for ya
 

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. . . but bikes and trucks were exempt from law. . . .
"Loud Pipes Save Lives" is wrong. As most load pipes are directionally back-only, as as not to be annoying to the rider just ahead of them, they are quiet until right next to someone-then they become very, very loud. Drive a Miata for a dozen years and you'll hear pipes so loud they hurt your ears. Also, you'll hear the bikes coming from the normal sounds (thanks to no sound-deadening when there ain't no roof), then watch the reaction as the sudden appearance of loud pipes directly next to cars scare the CRAP out of drivers, who swerve as their nerves and muscles tense to react to the shock (call it a natural reaction, as when there is ANY sudden, loud, unexpected sound. I made it a habit to get away from other cars when "loud pipes save lives" bikes came up, esp. after one almost hit me early on.
I'd say "loud pipes scare the crap out of drivers, whose central nervous system reacts to the shock and makes caes swerve, putting the loud bikes in immediate, real danger."

IF the loud pipes AREN'T directional, then they do let people know they are coming, but otherwise, not so much. Beside, the riders of such non-directional loud pipes don't tend to ride as much, due to the volume of their own pipes making them prefer other bikes that they can keep their own hearing when riding.




Oh, and couldn't one argue that the xB IS a truck? I mean, according to the Toyota numbering system, it IS a Corolla light truck/van. It's much in the same vein as the "classic" British 1/4 tonne vans built out if small cars, including the Mini, Austin A35, Morris Minor, Fords, Standards, and the like.
If charged, I'd argue the xB is a truck, not a car.
 

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What I mean (assuming everything is understood correctly):
The code is AZE151N for at least the 08-10 versions.
AZ- engine type, specifically the 2AZ-FE
E- Corolla model designation
151- series of that model. Current Corollas are the 140/150 series. The 140 is the main model and the 150-series "super Corolla" (a nickname, not official) is the wider, stronger variant for bigger engines and more performance. The higher-end Matrix and certain Aussie models are 150s, but the vast majority of Corolla-based vehicles are 140-series.
N- designates light truck variant of the model (also, N is the model designator for what is now called the Tocoma/Hilux)

So, the xB is an AZ engined "super Corolla" light truck/van.
 

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My issue (and a bit of a "hobby horse") is LOUD and DIRECTIONAL pipes, not loud pipes in general. I mean loud by the ear splitting ones that make me wish I have earplugs in my Miata, By directional I mean the ones that are quiet from the front, come on suddenly from the side, and are splitting from the back. Those are dangerous in traffic, as they scare and give no warning. That's my issue.
Non-directional, moderately loud pipes do EXACTLY what people say they do.

(I'll shut-up now)
 

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Massachusetts sounds worse than Jersey... and when I was in college (criminal justice major) all my profs call Jersey let's make a law state. This is a high ranking offial getting the piss scared out of him on the highway, or being woken up in the middle of the night. Rediculous.
 

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This is one more example of how the idiots in government want to dictate to us citizens how we are to live, what we do, and how we are to do it.

The Independant Socialist Union of Massachusetts.......no greater collection of idiotic laws from a bunch a moronic politicians exists anywhere else in the US (other than in California of course!!!!). I would choose to first move to Mogadishu than live in Taxachusetts.....when we lived in New Hampshire it was always easy to decide where we would spend our weekends and our money......never south of the border.
Sorry for the rant but geeeeeeeesh!!! :ranting:

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