Putting the muzzle on motorcycles in California
Rock and roll is not noise pollution, but according to Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, motorcycles riding through the roads and canyons of Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura Hills are polluting the air with both noise and emissions. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger agrees, or he must, because on September 28, 2010, he signed Senate Bill 435, which further enforces national regulation monitoring the pipes on motorcycles cruising our great land.
National regulation was passed in 1972 (the Noise Control Act) which required the EPA to set sound standards for a number of products. It took several years, but the EPA eventually wrote rules affecting all new motorcycles sold in the U.S. beginning in 1983. Those regulations require that motorcycles be limited to 80 decibels. That combined with growing concern about emissions regulations has led to legislation at the state level too.
The AMA opposes this bill feeling that it puts an unnecessary burden on California motorcyclists to prove that their motorcycles meet EPA standards. The good news is that this bill is only enforceable as a secondary offense (meaning you have to be pulled over for something else first,) but, if found at fault, you may be fined between $100-$500.
As a California motorcyclist, it is crucial that you keep up with all new motorcycle legislation that could affect you and your motorcycle. In addition, be sure that your motorcycle is up to par for all national and state regulations.
For more information on California motorcycle law, call 1-800-4-Bikers. Our experienced and veteran California motorcycle accident attorneys can help you through any motorcycle situation. Whether you are a motorcyclist in San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, or Sacramento, our CA motorcycle accident attorneys are here for you. We understand motorcyclists because we ARE motorcyclists.