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Noise Limits Law - AB 2274

BILL NUMBER: AB 2274 CHAPTERED
BILL TEXT

CHAPTER  563
FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  SEPTEMBER 15, 2002
APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  SEPTEMBER 14, 2002
PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 27, 2002
PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  MAY 23, 2002
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 15, 2002

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Keeley and Wyland

(Excerpts related to OHV noise regulations effective January 1, 2003)

SEC. 45.  Section 38370 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
38370(h) On and after January 1, 2003, off-highway motor vehicles,when operating pursuant to Section 38001, shall at all times be equipped with a silencer, or other device, which limits noise emissions.   (1) Noise emissions of competition off-highway vehicles manufactured on or after January 1, 1998, shall be limited to not more than 96 dbA, and if manufactured prior to January 1, 1998, to not more than 101 dbA, when measured from a distance of 20 inches using test procedures established by the Society of Automotive Engineers under Standard J-1287, as applicable.  Noise emissions of all other off-highway vehicles shall be limited to not more than 96 dbA if manufactured on or after January 1, 1986, and not more than 101 dbA if manufactured prior to January 1, 1986, when measured from a distance of 20 inches using test procedures established by the Society of Automotive Engineers under Standard J-1287, as applicable.   (2) The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation shall evaluate and reassess the dates specified in paragraph (1) and include the findings and recommendations in the noise report required in subdivision (o) of Section 5090.32 of the Public Resources Code.   (i) Off-highway vehicle manufacturers or their agents prior to the sale to the general public in California of any new off-highway vehicle model manufactured after January 1, 2003, shall provide to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation rpm data needed to conduct the J-1287 test, where applicable.

The entire version of AB 2274 is available on the California Legislative website.