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H.645

Introduced by Representatives Sharpe of Bristol, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City and Zenie of Colchester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; motorcycles; all-terrain vehicles; mufflers; noise reduction systems

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish noise reduction requirements for motorcycles and to prohibit the bypassing, modifying, or removing of exhaust or other noise reduction equipment on these vehicles.  It additionally proposes to strengthen the existing prohibition on bypassing these systems on all-terrain vehicles and to reduce the maximum noise levels permitted for all-terrain vehicles from 82 to 80 decibels.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE NOISE LEVELS OF MOTORCYCLES AND All-TERRAIN VEHICLES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1256a is added to read

§ 1256a.  MOTORCYCLE NOISE EMISSIONS

(a)  All motorcycles shall be equipped with a muffler system and such other equipment or devices which reduce maximum machine operating noise to a noise level of not more than 80 decibels on the A scale at 50 feet in a normal operating environment.  The muffler system and all other noise reduction equipment on a motorcycle shall not be bypassed, modified, or removed in a manner which violates the noise limitation imposed in this section.

(b)  Any person selling or offering to sell a motorcycle or replacement muffler system, whether at wholesale or retail, shall include in the specifications precise information concerning the designed maximum sound levels of the motorcycle or replacement muffler system.

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A § 3505(b) and (c) is amended to read:

(b)  Subject to regulation by rule of the commissioner, any all-terrain

All-terrain vehicles shall be equipped with a muffler system and such other equipment or devices which reduce maximum machine operating noise to a noise level of not more than 82 80 decibels on the A scale at 50 feet, in a normal operating environment.

(c)  No A person shall not sell or offer to sell within the state of Vermont an all-terrain vehicle unless it complies with the sound requirements specified in subsection (b) of this section.  No The muffler and other noise reduction equipment on an all-terrain vehicle shall not be equipped in any manner which permits the operator to bypass the muffler; no bypassed, modified, or removed.  A person shall not sell or offer to sell at either wholesale or retail a replacement exhaust muffler system which will not meet or exceed the exhaust noise reduction capabilities of the all-terrain vehicle.  In addition, any person selling or offering to sell an all-terrain vehicle or replacement muffler system, whether at wholesale or retail, shall include in the specifications, precise information concerning the designed maximum sound levels of the all-terrain vehicle or replacement muffler system.

Sec. 3.  23 V.S.A. § 3506(d) is amended to read:

(d)  In addition to all other requirements, an all-terrain vehicle may not be operated:

(1)  if equipped with an exhaust system with a cut out, bypass, or similar device the muffler or other noise reduction equipment has been bypassed, modified, or removed in a manner which violates the requirements of subsection 3505(b) of this title; or

(2)  with the spark arrester removed or modified, except for use in closed course competition events.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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