Exhaust systems; excessive noise. (HB367)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Exhaust systems; excessive noise. Prohibits any individual from operating a motor vehicle with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less with an exhaust system that emits noise equivalent to noise in excess of 85 decibels measured from a distance of 50 feet. The bill also allows the governing body of any county, city, or town located within the Northern Virginia Planning District to provide by ordinance that no person shall operate any motor vehicle on a highway or on public or private property within 500 feet of any residential district unless such motor vehicle is equipped with an exhaust system of a type installed as standard equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on that particular vehicle or device as standard factory equipment, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive noise. The bill also requires the Superintendent of State Police to promulgate regulations for the inspection of motor vehicles to ensure that no motor vehicle is equipped with a gutted muffler, muffler cutout, or straight exhaust or any mechanical or electronic device that creates or amplifies noise emitted by the motor vehicle that is louder than the noise emitted by such motor vehicle as originally manufactured. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103587D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB367)
01/24/2022Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4 Innovations (Ad Hoc)
02/03/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 2-N)
02/15/2022Left in Transportation