SB435 has been before the California legislature for some time and various motorcycle groups have been involved in its discussion, most opposed.
If this bill is signed into law by the governor you can expect it to be tried in other parts of the country.
Will this bill affect you or someone you know?
If you live in California and or know people who do, have them write, e-mail or phone the Governor’s office and ask him not to sign this into law.
If you do Not Live in CA contact the governor and let him know you have seen his television ads about visiting California and though you are considering it you will not if you can not ride your motorcycle there because of this law.
The fact that the Governor does own motorcycles does not mean he will not sign this bill into law. Remember it will not affect him or his motorcycles as no cop that wants to keep his job will ticket him.
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15943096 Lawmakers pass bill to quiet motorcycles By Robin Hindery
Posted: 08/30/2010 03:57:11 PM PDT Updated: 08/30/2010 03:57:12 PM PDT
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers want to put a plug in the earsplitting roar from modified motorcycles.
The state Senate today voted 21-16 to pass SB435. The bill makes it a crime to operate a motorcycle manufactured after Jan. 1, 2013, that fails to meet federal noise-emission control standards.
Motorcyclists whose vehicles lack the proper U.S. Environmental Protection Agency label would be subject to a fine.
Supporters say many motorcycle owners modify their bikes to make them much louder, which in turn creates a public nuisance. Those modifications also allow the motorcycle to produce more harmful emissions.
Opponents of the bill say many aftermarket exhaust systems meet emission standards but aren’t labeled, meaning law-abiding riders could be unfairly ticketed.
The bill now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who owns multiple motorcycles.
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