DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (March 17, 2010) — A Utah bill to ban aftermarket exhaust systems has been tabled for the year and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is taking some credit for making that happen.
SEMA reported that its efforts defeated a Utah bill to ban the use of most aftermarket exhaust systems. Under the bill, according to the trade group, all vehicles would have been required to be equipped with an exhaust system that is “installed by the original manufacturer of the vehicle and is not modified; or meets specifications equivalent to the muffler installed by the original manufacturer of the vehicle and is not modified.”
Among other things, according to SEMA, the measure “ignored the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions, and did not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation.”
Diamond Bar-based SEMA added that the bill also would have made it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options.