VICTORY: AFTERMARKET LEADERS SUCCEED IN BRINGING “FIX-IT” BACK!
VP of Marketing, AWE
Companies within this release: aFe, AWE, Borla, Corsa, Invidia, Kooks, Magnaflow, MBRP, Tanabe, TurboXS, Turn14 Distribution, and Vibrant Performance
Precision Drive, Horsham, Pennsylvania
October 1, 2019
As taken from a recent SEMA press release, “California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SEMA-supported legislation (SB 112) that immediately restores ‘fix-it’ tickets for cars suspected of violating the state’s exhaust noise limit and allows car owners 30 days to correct violations. SB 112 amends a 2018 law which removed this ability, and which generated significant concern within the specialty automotive aftermarket industry and enthusiast community.”
Earlier this year, aFe, AWE, Borla, Corsa, Invidia, Kooks, Magnaflow, MBRP, Tanabe, TurboXS, Turn14 Distribution, and Vibrant Performance formed a coalition in response to the heavy-handed changes to California Assembly Bill 1824, and in defense of their loyal enthusiast consumer-base.
An amendment to California Assembly Bill 1824 was proposed in June of 2018 by then-Governor Jerry Brown as part of the state’s budget process. The original purpose of the bill was to allow law officers to enforce a 95 decibel stationary sound volume limit for passenger cars and light trucks.
Previous to January 1, 2019, motorists deemed to be in violation received what is known as a “fix-it” ticket, which allowed for 30 days to correct the issue. However, starting January 1, 2019, a motorist cited for violating the California exhaust noise law could receive an immediate fine of up to $1,000.00.
In early 2019, SB 112, a budget implementation bill which includes text drawn from a previously SEMA-sponsored bill AB 390 was authored by Assembly Members Jim Frazier and Tim Grayson to expedite action. Under normal legislative procedures, AB 390 would not have been implemented until January 2020.
However, SB 112 is effective immediately, and rolls back AB 1824 to prior enforcement limits where only a “fix-it” ticket can be issued, a resounding victory for California car enthusiasts, and a strong precedent for enthusiast-rights nationwide.
SB 112 was championed in the legislature by Assembly Members Grayson, Tasha Boerner Horvath, Phil Ting, Phil Chen, and Senator Holly Mitchell.
More information about the coalition can be directed to Todd Sager, President, AWE, at email@example.com or 215.658.1875
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