H. B. 2219
(By Delegate Howard)
[Introduced February 11, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation then the
A BILL to amend and reenact
of the code of West
Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to
requiring all motor
vehicle mufflers, including replacement mufflers, to conform
to the original manufacturers specifications for the muffler.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 15. EQUIPMENT.
§17C-15-34. Mufflers; prevention of noise, fumes and smoke.
(a) Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a
muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent
excessive or unusual noise.
Such The muffler shall be the muffler
originally installed by the manufacturer of the vehicle or, if a
replacement the equivalent thereof muffler it shall conform to the
original manufacturer specifications for the motor vehicle. No person shall may use a muffler cutout, bypass or similar device
upon a motor vehicle on a highway.
(b) The engine and power mechanism of every motor vehicle
so equipped and adjusted as to prevent the escape of
excessive fumes or smoke.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require all motor
vehicle mufflers, including replacement mufflers, to conform to the
original manufacturers specifications for the muffler preventing
excessive noise and pollution.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would