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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 03-16-2006 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
From Hemmings email:

Bay State considers ban on aftermarket exhaust
A bill (H.B. 2011) to ban the sale or installation of ・an exhaust system which has been modified in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust・ is on the verge of being sent to the floor of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for a vote by all representatives.
The law, however, would exclude ・antique motor cars・ defined as those vehicles over 25 years old which are used exclusively for exhibitions, club activities, parades, etc.
According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, the law does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation. Moreover, SEMA contends that the sweeping law would also ban aftermarket exhaust systems designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions. For a list of Massachusetts state legislators to contact about the proposed law, go to SEMA・s Web site at
- By Mike McNessor


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posted 08-31-2006 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Another bit of info for Massachusetts enthusiasts from this week's Hemmings email:

State of the Commonwealth
We were browsing through Massachusetts' antique license plate registration forms--which is the sort of thing we often do for fun--when we came across the current form used to apply for such a thing. We thought we'd share some highlights that make the Mass laws unique:
・Antique vehicles 25 years old or older are entitled to a plate for the year of manufacture only;
・Said plate must be six characters or fewer and not resemble a current plate, although it's unclear who makes that distinction. A person known only as "the Registrar" must inspect it, though;
・Plates originally issued to cars and trucks may be used interchangeably;
・Most interestingly, only plates in good, original condition are allowed. "Any indication that the plate has been repainted or otherwise altered will cause the Registrar to reject use of the plate."
As in most states, vehicles registered as "Antique" are limited in use, although Massachusetts is a little more permissive than some, with the owner's affidavit stating their vehicle: "will be maintained and operated solely for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades and other functions of public interest (including test drives to prepare for such functions and transportation to and from repair facilities) and will not be used primarily for the transportation of passengers or goods over any way."
- By David B. Traver Adolphus

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