MONTPELIER, Vt. (June 2, 2014) — The Vermont legislature has adjourned for the year without acting on a bill to ban aftermarket exhaust systems that increase a vehicle’s noise level.
Under the bill, violators would not have passed the state’s required inspection and would have been subject to fines of up to $350, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
The legislation “did not provide an opportunity for vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective decibel limit under a fair and predictable test,” SEMA said. Instead, the bill “would have allowed inspectors to make subjective judgments on whether an exhaust system amplified the noise emitted by the motor vehicle,” the association added.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|