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    Florida exhaust laws/statutes?

    Hey guys... I just brought home a MKIII 1JZ from Kentucky. And I got pulled over by Tampa PD for the tinted license plate cover and a "nonstandard exhaust." No citation, just a verbal warning, and the cop was actually very cool about the stop. (Especially considering I had arrived home from KY New Year's Day & still had the KY plates on it, and had left my bill of sale & title at home by accident)

    Didn't care for the tinted plate cover, and was going to remove it once I registered the car on Monday anyhow, so it's gone.

    The Tampa cop's original words were "anything aftermarket is illegal" with regards to the exhaust. Now, we all know that's not true. When pressed for more info, he backed off from that statement, but had a hard time explaining his interpretation of the statute. I think he was trying to say that anything not to original OEM spec is illegal. And it may be. I don't know.

    He did not inspect the exhaust, though, and had no way to know that the car has no resonator or cat.

    I was already thinking of putting a hi-flo cat back on it, just to be in compliance. But if the 3" HKS Dragger is going to earn a citation on its own, I need to consider options for replacing that as well, since this car will eventually be my DD. (Maybe a different muffler with dual 2" tips instead of the big 3" blaster? Who knows?)

    So what I am asking for is if anyone here knows the FL statute, and how most LEO & judges tend to interpret it, so that I can make an informed decision as to how I proceed from here.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
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    I drive my Supra all over the state and have never gotten an Exhaust ticket. If they pull you over for something else and want to be a dick they CAN give you a ticket for your exhaust as it is louder than OEM.

    316.272Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine Exhaust systems, prevention of noise.--
    (1) Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with an exhaust system in good working order and in constant operation, including muffler, manifold pipe, and tailpiping to prevent excessive or unusual noise. In no event shall an exhaust system allow noise at a level which exceeds a maximum decibel level to be established by regulation of the Department of Environmental Protection as provided in s. 403.061(13) in cooperation with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass or similar device upon a vehicle on a highway.

    (2) The engine and power mechanism of every motor vehicle shall be so equipped and adjusted as to prevent the escape of excessive fumes or smoke.



    316.293Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine Motor vehicle noise.--
    2) OPERATING NOISE LIMITS.--No person shall operate or be permitted to operate a vehicle at any time or under any condition of roadway grade, load, acceleration, or deceleration in such a manner as to generate a sound level in excess of the following limit for the category of motor vehicle and applicable speed limit at a distance of 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel under measurement procedures established under subsection (3).

    (a) For motorcycles other than motor-driven cycles:

    35 mph or less / over 35 mph
    Before January 1, 1979 82 dB / 86 dB
    On or after January 1, 1979 78 dB / 82 dB



    (b) For any motor vehicle with a GVWR or GCWR of 10,000 pounds or more:
    35 mph or less / over 35 mph
    On or after January 1, 1975 86 dB / 90 dB



    (c) For motor-driven cycles and any other motor vehicle not included in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b):
    35 mph or less / over 35 mph
    Before January 1, 1979 76 dB / 82 dB
    On or after January 1, 1979 72 dB / 79 dB



    (3) MEASUREMENT PROCEDURES.--The measurement procedures for determining compliance with this section shall be established by regulation of the Department of Environmental Protection as provided in s. 403.415(9), in cooperation with the department. Such regulations shall include the selection of measurement sites and measurement procedures and shall take into consideration accepted scientific and professional methods for the measurement of vehicular sound levels. The measurement procedures may include adjustment factors to be applied to the noise limit for measurement distances of other than 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel.

    (4) APPLICABILITY.--This section applies to the total noise from a vehicle and shall not be construed as limiting or precluding the enforcement of any other provisions of this chapter relating to motor vehicle mufflers for noise control.

    (5) NOISE ABATEMENT EQUIPMENT MODIFICATIONS.--

    (a) No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle or any other noise-abatement device of a motor vehicle operated or to be operated upon the highways of this state in such a manner that the noise emitted by the motor vehicle is above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured.

    (b) No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon the highways of the state with an exhaust system or noise-abatement device so modified.


    403.415Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online SunshineMotor vehicle noise.--

    (1) SHORT TITLE.--This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Florida Motor Vehicle Noise Prevention and Control Act of 1974."

    (2)(a) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.--The intent of the Legislature is to implement the state constitutional mandate of s. 7, Art. II of the State Constitution to improve the quality of life in the state by limiting the noise of new motor vehicles sold in the state and the noise of motor vehicles used on the highways of the state.

    (b) It is also the intent of the Legislature to recognize the proposed United States Environmental Protection Act Noise Commission Standards Regulations for medium and heavy-duty trucks as being the most comprehensive available and in the best interest of Florida's citizenry and, further, that such regulation shall preempt all state standards not identical to such regulation.

    (3) DEFINITIONS.--The following words and phrases when used in this section shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in this subsection, except where the context otherwise requires:

    (a) "dB A" means the composite abbreviation for A-weighted sound level, and the unit of sound level, the decibel.

    (b) "Gross combination weight rating" or "GCWR" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a combination vehicle.

    (c) "Gross vehicle weight rating" or "GVWR" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single vehicle.

    (d) "Motor vehicle" means any vehicle which is self-propelled and any vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails.

    (e) "Motorcycle" means any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor or a moped.

    (f) "Moped" means any vehicle with pedals to permit propulsion by human power, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels, with a motor rated not in excess of 2 brake horsepower and not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground, and with a power-drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting gears by the operator after the drive system is engaged. If an internal combustion engine is used, the displacement may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.

    (g) "Sound level" means the A-weighted sound pressure level measured with fast response using an instrument complying with the specification for sound level meters of the American National Standards Institute, Inc., or its successor bodies, except that only A-weighting and fast dynamic response need be provided.

    (h) "Vehicle" means any device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

    (i) "Department" means the Department of Environmental Protection.

    (4) NEW VEHICLE NOISE LIMITS.--No person shall sell, offer for sale, or lease a new motor vehicle that produces a maximum sound level exceeding the following limits at a distance of 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel under test procedures established under subsection (5)

    (5) TEST PROCEDURES.--The test procedures for determining compliance with this section shall be established by regulation of the department and in cooperation with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in substantial conformance with applicable standards and recommended practices established by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., or its successor bodies, and the American National Standards Institute, Inc., or its successor bodies, for the measurement of motor vehicle sound levels.

    (6) CERTIFICATION.--The manufacturer, distributor, importer, or designated agent thereof shall file a written certificate with the department stating that the specific makes and models of motor vehicles described thereon comply with the provisions of this section. No new motor vehicle shall be sold, offered for sale, or leased unless such certificate has been filed.

    (7) NOTIFICATION OF CERTIFICATION.--The department shall notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles of all makes and models of motor vehicles for which valid certificates of compliance with the provisions of this section are filed.

    (8) REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT.--

    (a) No person shall sell or offer for sale for use as a part of the equipment of a motor vehicle any exhaust muffler, intake muffler, or other noise abatement device which, when installed, will permit the vehicle to be operated in a manner that the emitted sound level of the vehicle is increased above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured and determined by the test procedures for new motor vehicle sound levels established under this section.

    (b) The manufacturer, distributor, or importer, or designated agent thereof, shall file a written certificate with the department that his or her products sold within this state comply with the requirements of this section for their intended applications.

    (9) OPERATING VEHICLE NOISE MEASUREMENTS.--The department shall establish, with the cooperation of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, measurement procedures for determining compliance of operating vehicles with the noise limits of s. 316.293(2). The department shall advise the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on technical aspects of motor vehicle noise enforcement regulations, assist in the training of enforcement officers, and administer a sound-level meter loan program for local enforcement agencies.

    (10) ENACTMENT OF LOCAL ORDINANCES LIMITED.--The provisions of this section shall be applicable and uniform throughout this state and in all political subdivisions and municipalities therein, and no local authority shall enact or enforce any ordinance on a matter covered by this section unless expressly authorized. However, this subsection shall not prevent any local authority from enacting an ordinance when such enactment is necessary to vest jurisdiction of violation of this section in the local court.
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    Good luck man, I have been pulled over 4 times in the last 5 years for my exhaust.

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    I must be lucky like Kirk... I have been driving my Supra around for about 3 years and never have gotten pulled over for exhaust... HKS dragger exhaust... I also live next to another member on here that runs a BL 4" no cats and I don't recall that he has been pulled either...

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    My car is not exactly quiet either

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    IF you have taken your car to the track, hang onto the time slip. There is a loop hole for those who race, and if does get you a ticket, and you care to go to court for it, show the judge the time slip, and you are off. I think it will need to be fairly current. You are allowed to have modified exhaust if you participate in a sanctioned race.

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    316.272Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine Exhaust systems, prevention of noise.--
    (1) Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with an exhaust system in good working order and in constant operation, including muffler, manifold pipe, and tailpiping to prevent excessive or unusual noise. In no event shall an exhaust system allow noise at a level which exceeds a maximum decibel level to be established by regulation of the Department of Environmental Protection as provided in s. 403.061(13) in cooperation with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass or similar device upon a vehicle on a highway.

    (2) The engine and power mechanism of every motor vehicle shall be so equipped and adjusted as to prevent the escape of excessive fumes or smoke.



    316.293Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine Motor vehicle noise.--
    2) OPERATING NOISE LIMITS.--No person shall operate or be permitted to operate a vehicle at any time or under any condition of roadway grade, load, acceleration, or deceleration in such a manner as to generate a sound level in excess of the following limit for the category of motor vehicle and applicable speed limit at a distance of 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel under measurement procedures established under subsection (3).

    (a) For motorcycles other than motor-driven cycles:

    35 mph or less / over 35 mph
    Before January 1, 1979 82 dB / 86 dB
    On or after January 1, 1979 78 dB / 82 dB



    (b) For any motor vehicle with a GVWR or GCWR of 10,000 pounds or more:
    35 mph or less / over 35 mph
    On or after January 1, 1975 86 dB / 90 dB



    (c) For motor-driven cycles and any other motor vehicle not included in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b):
    35 mph or less / over 35 mph
    Before January 1, 1979 76 dB / 82 dB
    On or after January 1, 1979 72 dB / 79 dB



    (3) MEASUREMENT PROCEDURES.--The measurement procedures for determining compliance with this section shall be established by regulation of the Department of Environmental Protection as provided in s. 403.415(9), in cooperation with the department. Such regulations shall include the selection of measurement sites and measurement procedures and shall take into consideration accepted scientific and professional methods for the measurement of vehicular sound levels. The measurement procedures may include adjustment factors to be applied to the noise limit for measurement distances of other than 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel.

    (4) APPLICABILITY.--This section applies to the total noise from a vehicle and shall not be construed as limiting or precluding the enforcement of any other provisions of this chapter relating to motor vehicle mufflers for noise control.

    (5) NOISE ABATEMENT EQUIPMENT MODIFICATIONS.--

    (a) No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle or any other noise-abatement device of a motor vehicle operated or to be operated upon the highways of this state in such a manner that the noise emitted by the motor vehicle is above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured.

    (b) No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon the highways of the state with an exhaust system or noise-abatement device so modified.


    403.415Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online SunshineMotor vehicle noise.--

    (1) SHORT TITLE.--This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Florida Motor Vehicle Noise Prevention and Control Act of 1974."

    (2)(a) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.--The intent of the Legislature is to implement the state constitutional mandate of s. 7, Art. II of the State Constitution to improve the quality of life in the state by limiting the noise of new motor vehicles sold in the state and the noise of motor vehicles used on the highways of the state.

    (b) It is also the intent of the Legislature to recognize the proposed United States Environmental Protection Act Noise Commission Standards Regulations for medium and heavy-duty trucks as being the most comprehensive available and in the best interest of Florida's citizenry and, further, that such regulation shall preempt all state standards not identical to such regulation.

    (3) DEFINITIONS.--The following words and phrases when used in this section shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in this subsection, except where the context otherwise requires:

    (a) "dB A" means the composite abbreviation for A-weighted sound level, and the unit of sound level, the decibel.

    (b) "Gross combination weight rating" or "GCWR" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a combination vehicle.

    (c) "Gross vehicle weight rating" or "GVWR" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single vehicle.

    (d) "Motor vehicle" means any vehicle which is self-propelled and any vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails.

    (e) "Motorcycle" means any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor or a moped.

    (f) "Moped" means any vehicle with pedals to permit propulsion by human power, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels, with a motor rated not in excess of 2 brake horsepower and not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground, and with a power-drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting gears by the operator after the drive system is engaged. If an internal combustion engine is used, the displacement may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.

    (g) "Sound level" means the A-weighted sound pressure level measured with fast response using an instrument complying with the specification for sound level meters of the American National Standards Institute, Inc., or its successor bodies, except that only A-weighting and fast dynamic response need be provided.

    (h) "Vehicle" means any device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

    (i) "Department" means the Department of Environmental Protection.

    (4) NEW VEHICLE NOISE LIMITS.--No person shall sell, offer for sale, or lease a new motor vehicle that produces a maximum sound level exceeding the following limits at a distance of 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel under test procedures established under subsection (5)

    (5) TEST PROCEDURES.--The test procedures for determining compliance with this section shall be established by regulation of the department and in cooperation with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in substantial conformance with applicable standards and recommended practices established by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., or its successor bodies, and the American National Standards Institute, Inc., or its successor bodies, for the measurement of motor vehicle sound levels.

    (6) CERTIFICATION.--The manufacturer, distributor, importer, or designated agent thereof shall file a written certificate with the department stating that the specific makes and models of motor vehicles described thereon comply with the provisions of this section. No new motor vehicle shall be sold, offered for sale, or leased unless such certificate has been filed.

    (7) NOTIFICATION OF CERTIFICATION.--The department shall notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles of all makes and models of motor vehicles for which valid certificates of compliance with the provisions of this section are filed.

    (8) REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT.--

    (a) No person shall sell or offer for sale for use as a part of the equipment of a motor vehicle any exhaust muffler, intake muffler, or other noise abatement device which, when installed, will permit the vehicle to be operated in a manner that the emitted sound level of the vehicle is increased above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured and determined by the test procedures for new motor vehicle sound levels established under this section.

    (b) The manufacturer, distributor, or importer, or designated agent thereof, shall file a written certificate with the department that his or her products sold within this state comply with the requirements of this section for their intended applications.

    (9) OPERATING VEHICLE NOISE MEASUREMENTS.--The department shall establish, with the cooperation of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, measurement procedures for determining compliance of operating vehicles with the noise limits of s. 316.293(2). The department shall advise the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on technical aspects of motor vehicle noise enforcement regulations, assist in the training of enforcement officers, and administer a sound-level meter loan program for local enforcement agencies.

    (10) ENACTMENT OF LOCAL ORDINANCES LIMITED.--The provisions of this section shall be applicable and uniform throughout this state and in all political subdivisions and municipalities therein, and no local authority shall enact or enforce any ordinance on a matter covered by this section unless expressly authorized. However, this subsection shall not prevent any local authority from enacting an ordinance when such enactment is necessary to vest jurisdiction of violation of this section in the local court.
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    i got pulled over once in my MR2 but i had like an open header going on there, it was so loud you couldnt even talk inside the car. my supra is actually pretty quiet, but it does have the watermellon launcher on the back

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    Thanks for all of the info, guys. Gives me something to think about.

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    I just got pulled over this morning for modified exhaust (large/loud) and I just got he car a little over a week ago. Its BS. It was an undercover cop as well in a Dodge Magnum. He explained to me first that im pulling you over because your exhaust is blowing out white smoke. What?!? I said that has nothing to do with the exhaust sir. Then he went back into the car after fully inspecting my car (headlights, turning my wheel to the left, tints etc.) he said i will not give you a ticket for the smoke but I will give you a ticket for the muffler. He said get whatever needs to be fixed under the hood and It has to be changed back to factory spec. Are you kidding me!?! lol

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    I didn't start getting pulled over until recently for my exhaust. I've been pulled over twice in a year but never got a ticket for it. The cop said my car was " loud and annoying" haha. It is really loud though. I get so nervous to drive it now because im afraid every cop is going to pull me over for it. Just gotta hope they keep giving warnings and not tickets.

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    I say get an exhaust cutout if you live in florida

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    On my MK3 2JZ I have a JASMA certified exhaust system (Fujitsubo), and it's almost as quiet as stock!

    I have a HKS Dragger on my MKIV, and it's loud and I have gotten one warning about it...

    The problem with the law, is that it clearly states that only OEM/original exhaust is legal, so what about all the after market exhaust systems that Midas and Meineke sell?? They aren't OEM but yet they are licensed by the State of Florida to sell these exhaust systems as LEGAL, but yet I got a ticket 2 years ago for one on another car I own and lost in court!

    The law is BS and is only there to generate $$$ and to give LEO's more excuses to pull you over without other cause!

    It's like a 70 dollar fine, and a non moving violation (no points) ... I'll just pay it next time and consider it the cost of owning a nice car I guess.
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    I got an ebay fart can in my corolla and I got pulled over for it (not even loud) and got a warning to get it replaced. My mk3 has a race series magnaflow exhaust with very deep tone and never got pulled over it (knock on wood) . My guess is the magnaflow exhaust looks like stock except for the 4" tail pipe.
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    What's up Andy, haven't talked to ya in forever.

    The exhaust laws have been stated a few times in the thread. Basically it's up to the police officer's disgression. Some day's they are just in a fowl mood and will give anyone a ticket for anything that they see wrong. Generally though, you probably won't get pulled over or ticketed for it. I think IIRC they can't just pull you over for the loud exhaust, they have to pull you over for something else then if they want to give you a ticket for it they can, like Kirk said. But then again, if they are in a fowl mood. Good Luck.
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    I've heard of people getting tickets for loud exhause but never just because it wansn't stock that sounds like some Cali b.s.
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    Here is the statute. Pay close attention to 6-B
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/...20293#0316.293

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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol @ TPS View Post
    Here is the statute. Pay close attention to 6-B
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/...20293#0316.293
    (6) EXEMPT VEHICLES.--The following are exempt from the operation of this act:

    (b) Any motor vehicle engaged in a professional or amateur sanctioned, competitive sports event for which admission or entry fee is charged, or practice or time trials for such event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindkiller View Post
    What's up Andy, haven't talked to ya in forever.

    The exhaust laws have been stated a few times in the thread. Basically it's up to the police officer's disgression. Some day's they are just in a fowl mood and will give anyone a ticket for anything that they see wrong. Generally though, you probably won't get pulled over or ticketed for it. I think IIRC they can't just pull you over for the loud exhaust, they have to pull you over for something else then if they want to give you a ticket for it they can, like Kirk said. But then again, if they are in a fowl mood. Good Luck.
    What's up Steven, long time no hear.

    I just read the statue it seems that you could get away with it via exemption 6b but then it is still a long shot in the eyes of the court how you present your case to get it dismiss.

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    Yay! double post! check 2nd page lmao....
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