Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:47 pm
The California State Government has passed SB 435 that aims to increase enforcement of current anti-tampering and noise-level statutes for motorcycles.

The ear-splitting roar of illegally modified motorcycles will be quieted despite opposition from motorcycle rights groups that have lobbied to weaken the legislation. The bill was sponsored by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rides motorcycles.

SB 435 would require that motorcycles maintain their federally required emissions equipment (on both original, and aftermarket exhaust systems), including a readily visible EPA stamp certifying compliance. These regulations have been on the books since 1983. This gives law enforcement the ability to cite violations under the CA Vehicle Code, using a readily visible and unalterable stamp, already required by Federal regulation.

A violation will be cited as a secondary infraction, meaning the rider would have to be pulled over for some other reason initially. A first offense will be punishable by a fine of up to $100 but that can be dismissed upon proof of correction. Any subsequent offense(s) will be punishable by a fine of up to $250. This bill will apply to motorcycles and aftermarket parts going forward from 2013.