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What changed in New Hampshire during the 2004 legislature? The requirement to index all acceptable motor vehicle sound levels to the sound level of the manufacturer`s original muffler was removed from New Hampshire law in June 2004 by HB243 with the full support of Republican leaders under pressure from industry lobbyists whose customers want to make more money advocating for the sale and use of third-party mufflers and exhaust systems. which make much more noise than the original manufacturer`s mufflers. This bill was introduced by the New Hampshire House of Representatives and passed by a vote. He had the support of the leadership of the House of Representatives. A vote means that there is no record of how each legislature voted. However, it is reasonable to assume that your representative did not want their voice recorded in this particular case. It was sponsored by Representative Lawrence A. Artz, House Committee Whip, 7 Fountain Lane, Nashua, NH 03062-2160, (603) 883-0088, Hillsborough 64; Representing Pierre W. Bruno, House Caucus Whip, (personal website) Hillsborough 45, 603 Lyndeboro Road, New Boston, NH 03070-1224, (603) 487-2612; Rep. Dean Ouellette, former assistant to New Hampshire Majority Leader Merrimack 33; and MP Christine M.

Furman, former House Committee Whip, Hillsborough 64. Ouellette and Furman are no longer legislators. The bill passed the NH Senate by a vote of 12 to 11. She had the support of the Senate leadership. The senators, all Republicans who voted to repeal the Motor Vehicle Noise Control Act, were: John T. Gallus, 292 Prospect Street, Berlin, N.H. 03570-2137, (603) 752-1066, former Chairman of the North Country Board of Realtors; Carl Johnson, Speaker pro tem of the Senate, 42 Dale Road, Meredith, N.H. 03253, (603) 279-6492, who has made the environment one of his top priorities; Robert Boyce, 268 Alton Mountain Road Alton Bay, N.H. 03810-4314, (603) 875-7371, tire and car salesman; Robert B.

Flanders, P.O. Box 1 Antrim, N.H. 03440-0001, (603) 588-2159, who is retired from the insurance industry; Bob Odell, P.C. 23, Lempster, N.H. 03743, (603) 863-9260, Chair of the Energy and Economic Development Committee; Sheila Roberge, 83 Olde Lantern Road, Bedford, N.H. 03110, (603) 472-8391, which purports to make government more responsive to the public; Jane O`Hearn, 7 Pope Circle Nashua, N.H. 03063, (603) 889-6036, who sits on the Public Institutions, Health and Social Services Committees; Robert Clegg, Majority Leader, 39 Trigate Road, Hudson, N.H. 03051, (603) 880-6193, owner of Property / Construction Management; Andre Martel, 237 Riverdale Avenue, Manchester, N.H. 03103 (603) 622-8411, who has made health care a legislative priority; Frank Sapareto, 14 Oxbow Lane Derry, N.H.

03038, (603) 894-7083, Registered Financial Advisor; Charles Morse, 18 Brookhollow Drive, Salem, N.H. 03079-1866, (603) 894-5459, who claims success in business; and Russell Prescott, 8 Farm Road, Kingston, N.H. 03848, (603) 642-4243, who is an active business owner. Governor Craig Benson did not sign the bill, but passed it without his signature on June 16, 2004. So what is the new noise “standard” in New Hampshire? In a nutshell – STRONG. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had noise protection regulations on its books since 1984 and further tightened restrictions in 1986. Current noise levels are 80 dB for on-road motorcycles, 82 dB for off-road motorcycles and 78 dB for passenger cars. In New Hampshire, the maximum noise limit for motorcycles, where Section III of NH RSA 266:59 has been removed from the law, can now be 106 dB.

This noise level is somewhere between the sound of a chainsaw and a noisy rock concert. In addition, by removing Section III of NH RSA 266:59 from the Act, there is NO way to determine acceptable noise for EVERY car or truck by scientific measurement. This is because the only remaining law is RSA 259:66. This law simply requires that damping devices in motor vehicles “effectively reduce noise.” There is no definition of “effective” and no measure of what exactly noise reduction should be. Mufflerless car motors can produce noise in the sound range of 120 dB to 140 dB. That`s between 10,000 and 1 million times the power compared to the EPA`s 80 dB. That`s way above the noise of a loud rock concert at about 110 dB. It is very important to note that when decibel levels increase by seemingly small differences, the amount of noise your ears hear increases quite significantly. To illustrate the current problem, let`s say we have a mufflerless car that produces 130 dB of noise, and we install a muffler that reduces noise by 10 dB. The resulting noise would then have ten times less power or half the noise.

If you were a judge, would it be “effective” to cut noise in half? If this is the case, the resulting noise at 120 dB would be more than twice as loud as a newly legalized motorcycle operating at 106 dB exhaust noise. The actual increase for another car would largely depend on the size of the engine in the vehicle. To be realistic, it is very likely that people installing modified mufflers have large, high-performance motors that can produce up to 140 dB of continuous noise. This is the type of noise that can damage the ears permanently. The noise of this vehicle can be more than four times louder. The result of this analysis indicates that cars and trucks can indeed be legal and much noisier than motorcycles. What does this mean for you if you want a strong muffler on your car or truck? Let`s say you have your muffler replaced in New Hampshire by a qualified repair shop that claims your new, but admittedly noisy and “healthy” muffler is “legal.” You probably haven`t been told that legislators have banned all scientific measurements of the maximum volume a silencer must observe. Then a law enforcement officer will quote you for a loud muffler because the officer thinks your muffler is too loud.

You go to court to plead your case. Since there is no way to measure the legal volume of your muffler, the judge should give an opinion, a very subjective opinion, on whether or not you are guilty of a noisy muffler. This means that on the same day, with different judges in one court, you could be guilty and innocent in another. The question of fairness and equality of justice before the law comes to mind. Unfortunately, the legislature voted for exactly that when it repealed NH RSA 266:59, Section III. Will cities enforce the new noise “standard” in New Hampshire? Probably not. If cities and municipalities attempt to enforce a car noise ticket, they must prove to the court that the “standard” for which they ticketed the operator is legally justified. Since there is no “standard” for cars and trucks in the law, this will be difficult to prove when challenged in court. Nor has the legislator allocated funds for the purchase of the equipment necessary for the execution.

Therefore, it is unlikely that quotes will be issued for noisy mufflers installed in a car, truck or motorcycle. A side consequence – – more noise may now be legal! Another problem created by the 106 dB “standard” for acceptable motorcycle noise is arguably that legislators may also have redefined “noise disturbing a person of average sensitivity” in the Criminal Code [RSA 644-2] to noise greater than that of a chainsaw! This new state law could override local noise ordinances that make them unenforceable. What happened in 2005 to influence the new noise “norm” in New Hampshire? Nothing substantial. In 2005, legislators added Section IV to NH RSA 266:59 to prohibit “straight pipes” that were already illegal under RSA 259:66. The legislator added a progressive system of mandatory fines for noisy exhaust systems. The legislator also added mandatory fines to Section III of the NH RSA 266:59a. This bill, known as HB326, was approved by both legislative branches by a vote and signed by the Govenor. However, Parliament maintained the de facto requirement that two law enforcement officers observe and cite violations under Section II of NH RSA 266:59a; it has not set noise standards for cars and trucks; and failed to provide local communities with the necessary equipment and personnel to enforce the new standards. Will the 2005 legislative changes reduce vehicle noise? Unlikely. Since the change in 2004, the public has repeatedly complained that the noise does not go away. This small segment of custom motorcycle and car owners who have excessively noisy exhaust systems continue to drive on the streets with impunity. Every day, more and more noisy exhaust systems and mufflers are sold.

The legislator knows this. The aftermarket exhaust industry knows this and wants profits to continue. Unfortunately, industry lobyists and their campaign contributions were a stronger motivation for Concord politicians than the will of the people who elected them. As a result, nothing has been done to assist law enforcement agencies in their work. Instead, since the 2004 amendments to the law came into force, it has become more difficult to quote and punish operators with noisy silencers. What has the legislator actually done to increase vehicle noise? With respect to the 2004 legislation, enforcement of motorcycle noise laws in New Hampshire generally requires two simultaneous observations by two law enforcement officers: (1) the per minute RPM of the engine near the vehicle`s tachometer, if applicable; and (2) the decibel meter reading when measured 20 inches from the tailpipe at a 45-degree angle of approximately two feet to the rear of the vehicle. To make matters worse: a) not all motorcycles have a built-in tachometer; and (b) few law enforcement agencies equip their officers with an ANSI/SAE J-1287 decibel meter approved and calibrated by the Society of Automotive Engineers Recommended Practice.