Exhaust systems; regulation of noise from vehicle on a highway, etc. (HB632)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Exhaust systems; excessive noise. Makes certain secondary offenses related to loud exhaust systems that are not in good working order primary offenses and exempts local ordinances related to such exhaust systems from the prohibition on law-enforcement officers stopping a vehicle for a violation of a local ordinance unless it is a jailable offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100082D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/19/2022Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #3 Highway Safety and Policy
01/19/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB632)
01/24/2022Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4 Innovations (Ad Hoc)
02/03/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/08/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from Transportation with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22105730D-H1
02/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB632H1)
02/10/2022Read first time
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105730D-H1
02/11/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB632H1
02/14/2022Read third time and passed House (71-Y 28-N)
02/14/2022VOTE: Passage (71-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Transportation
03/03/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/03/2022Reported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22107439D-S1
03/07/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB632S1)
03/08/2022Read third time
03/08/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107439D-S1
03/08/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB632S1
03/08/2022Passed Senate with substitute (28-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate substitute rejected by House 22107439D-S1 (1-Y 97-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Adoption (1-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/10/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Carr, Austin, Wiley
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Marsden, Favola, Newman
03/11/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2022Conference substitute printed 22107726D-H2
03/11/2022Passed by temporarily
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by House (79-Y 18-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Adoption (79-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB632H2)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB632ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB632ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 490 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0490)


Phil Nunnally writes:

It’s great to see this bill out there, but how will it be enforced if “No law-enforcement officer shall stop a motor vehicle for a violation of this section”?

Steven Jones writes:

Cars modified to emit loud engine sounds are a plague in Fairfax county. There is no reason to have to listen to ridiculously loud cars in addition to other traffic noise. I applaud the House of Delegates for taking action to curb unnecessary vehicle noise, but I think stronger enforcement measures should be taken. Perhaps some kind of reporting hotline for citizens to report the tag numbers of overly loud cars? Then when the cars are inspected, these citizen reports can help flag cars for fines or some other enforcement mechanism.

Greg P writes:

These obnoxious exhausts really have become a serious nuisance in Fairfax, and so I'm very happy to hear that an effort is underway to change the law to make them illegal, as they should have been from the very beginning. Hoping this speeds through the approval process quickly.

Joseph writes:

Yes it should be illegal. They are annoying & disturbing our peace even on late nights where most people are sleeping

RVA Citizen writes:

More of this please and stricter, stricter, stricter. Why should we have to deal with noise pollution just so some inconsiderate individual can feel macho with their ridiculous and useless exahust.

Bill writes:

There are far, far more people who are annoyed and tormented by this problem than are openly vocal about it.

I have PTSD so I follow it more closely, but I have been tracking and reading sentiment on it for 7 years. It's not just local to Virginia, it's a car plague across the whole world with a subculture of mostly young male sociopaths who will do anything to both impress each other and to get attention of any sort, from strangers. It's heavily correlated to toxic male attitudes too--women largely don't participate in this, nor do most educated or considerate men.

Municipalities across the world are beginning to fight back with acoustic camera tech and bills/laws that will enforce a win/win between the safety/security/peace/freedom of the vast majority of citizens who want to live free of selfish noise pollution, as well as the state and the police, who can profit from automatically ticketing violators, just as we did with red light cameras years ago.

Looking forward to a version of the future where towns get more and better funding every single time some loud jerk drives through, same as with red light runners.