2007 California Vehicle Code Article 2.5. Noise Limits

CA Codes (veh:27200-27207)

VEHICLE CODE

SECTION 27200-27207




27200.  (a) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not register on a
dealer's report of sale a new motor vehicle, except an off-highway
motor vehicle subject to identification as provided in Division 16.5
(commencing with Section 38000), which produces a maximum noise
exceeding the applicable noise limit at a distance of 50 feet from
the centerline of travel under test procedures established by the
Department of the California Highway Patrol.
   (b) The Department of Motor Vehicles may accept a dealer's
certificate as proof of compliance with this article.
   (c) Test procedures for compliance with this article shall be
established by the Department of the California Highway Patrol,
taking into consideration the test procedures of the Society of
Automotive Engineers.
   (d) No person shall sell or offer for sale a new motor vehicle,
except an off-highway motor vehicle subject to identification as
provided in Division 16.5 (commencing with Section 38000), which
produces a maximum noise exceeding the applicable noise limit
specified in this article, and for which noise emission standards or
regulations have not been adopted by the Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Noise Control Act of
1972 (P.L. 92-574).
   (e) No person shall sell or offer for sale a new motor vehicle,
except an off-highway motor vehicle subject to identification as
provided in Division 16.5 (commencing with Section 38000), which
produces noise that exceeds or in any way violates the noise emission
standards or regulations adopted for such a motor vehicle by the
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the
Noise Control Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-574).
   (f) As used in this section, the term "register" is equivalent to
the term "licensing" as used in Section 6(e)(2) of the Noise Control
Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-574; Title 42, United States Code, Section 4905
(e)(2)).



27201.  For the purposes of Section 27200, the noise limit of 92 dbA
shall apply to any motorcycle manufactured before 1970.



27202.  For the purposes of Section 27200, the following noise
limits shall apply to any motorcycle, other than a motor-driven
cycle, manufactured:


     (1) After 1969, and before 1973 ............    88 dbA
     (2) After 1972, and before 1975 ............    86 dbA
     (3) After 1974, and before 1986 ............    83 dbA
     (4) After 1985 .............................    80 dbA




27203.  For the purposes of Section 27200, the noise limit of 82 dbA
shall apply to any snowmobile manufactured after 1972.



27204.  For the purposes of Section 27200, the following noise
limits shall apply to any motor vehicle within the specified
manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating and date of manufacture:



                                Date of
       GVWR--Pounds           Manufacture            Noise Limit--dbA

     Over 6,000             after 1967 and                  88
                              before 1973
     Over 6,000             after 1972 and                  86
                              before 1975
     Over 6,000             after 1974 and                  83
                              before 1978
     Over 8,500             after 1977 and                  83
                              before 1982
     Over 6,000 but         after 1977                      80
       not over 8,500
     Over 8,500 but         after 1981                      80
       not over 10,000
     Over 10,000            after 1981 and                  83
                              before 1988
     Over 10,000            after 1987                      80



27206.  For the purposes of Section 27200, the following noise
limits shall apply to any other motor vehicle, not specified in this
article, manufactured:


     (1) After 1967, and before 1973 .............................
86 dbA
     (2) After 1972, and before 1975 .............................
84 dbA
     (3) After 1974 ..............................................
80 dbA



27207.  No motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more
than 10,000 pounds and equipped with an engine speed governor shall
produce a sound level exceeding 88 dbA, measured on an open site at a
distance of 50 feet from the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle,
when its engine is accelerated from idle with wide open throttle to
governed speed with the vehicle stationary, transmission in neutral,
and clutch, if any, engaged.  Test procedures for compliance with
this section shall be established by the department, taking into
consideration the procedures of the United States Department of
Transportation.  The procedures may provide for measuring at other
distances, in which case the measurement shall be corrected so as to
provide for measurements equivalent to the noise limit established by
this section measured at 50 feet.

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