Schwarzenegger signs California exhaust law

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed SB 435, the state’s new law cracking down on loud exhaust systems.

The Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act lets authorities cite riders for noisy pipes. The law promotes enforcement of a 27-year-old federal law that has gone largely unenforced.

"Gov. Schwarzenegger signed SB 435 to make California consistent with federal law in respect to motorcycle parts, pollution and noise standards," Matt Connelly, deputy press secretary for the governor, told the Los Angeles Times.

The law applies to motorcycles and aftermarket parts from the 2013 model year forward. After that, riders pulled over for other traffic violations could also be cited for loud pipes. Fines will be $50 to $100 for a first offense, and might be waived with proof of correction. Subsequent offenses could mean fines of $100 to $250.

The MIC and AMA opposed the law.

Posted by Holly Wagner