If you’ve not been living under a rock, there’s a post going around connected to a website claiming to be news Channel 23 claiming that “As of May 25th 2017 Maryland will pass the new laws on vehicle modification. If you have modified your suspension from stock modified your exhaust from stock or added window tint you will have to remove it and put it back to stock or you could face $1,000 fines each and your vehicle will be impounded.” – Channel 23
Well, in the world of “fake news” – Channel 23 is just that. A web app where you can (from their website’s homepage) “Create A Fake Story And Trick All Your Friends! Simply Create Your Own News And Then Share It On Your Social Network Pages!”
The website goes on to give you tips on your fake news post:
- Tips: You must be creative but keep in mind to make it fun.
- Fake Title: Choose a catchy title for your joke. Make your friends curious.
- Description: Be creative and make your friends curious.
- Image: Upload one or search one via google images.
Yeah so – which fake broadcaster is behind this is anyone’s guess – but no, Maryland is not passing a May 25th law about modified vehicles, tint, or exhaust.
So it looks like you can hate Maryland for other reasons, Jason. That said, Maryland hasn’t ever been a great haven for modified vehicles – fake news or not. From the 2010 Maryland Code:
2010 Maryland Code – TRANSPORTATION TITLE 22 – VEHICLE LAWS – EQUIPMENT OF VEHICLES
Subtitle 6 – Noise Abatement Program
Section 22-609 – Modification of exhaust system.
§ 22-609. Modification of exhaust system.
(a) Modification that increases sound prohibited.- A person may not modify the exhaust system or any other noise abatement device of a motor vehicle driven or to be driven on any highway in this State in such a way that the noise emitted by the vehicle exceeds that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured.
(b) Operation of improperly modified vehicle prohibited.- A person may not drive on any highway in this State a motor vehicle with an exhaust system or noise abatement device modified in a way prohibited by subsection (a) of this section.
[An. Code 1957, art. 661/2, § 12-703; 1977, ch. 14, § 2.]