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I know this is an old post, but at them moment, I have some time on my hands to opine on the use of train horns. California is the home of the ever-aggressive, pine boring bark beetle. We regulate window tint that’s too dark, and where tree-hugger mentality blames poor forest management as one of the greatest causes that fuel’s reoccurring wildfires. So, it’s not uncommon for California to regulate the sound of car and motorcycle exhaust systems as-well-as vehicle horn’s being too loud. Enter, Assembly Bill, AB-2245 Vehicles: Aftermarket Horns: Decibel Levels.


California's AB-2245 is one of those goofy vehicle code sections where the act of being, “too loud”, is perceived by an officer who thinks they’re too loud, and, by the way, it’s an easy citation to write. In some states, the decibel rating cannot go beyond 90 dbD. In a YouTube video, an officer who was interviewed on the topic of train horns in cars stated, “It’s technically illegal because it’s unreasonable.” By brand alone, they may violate state vehicle codes at the moment the truck’s operator gives them a joyful blast. California’s AB-2245 is an act to amend, Section 27000, of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicle horns. This bill would prohibit a motor vehicle from being equipped with an aftermarket horn that emits a sound greater than 110 dB(A). AB-2245 was written to ensure that motor vehicle horns, “Shall not emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound and a motor vehicle shall not be equipped with an aftermarket horn that emits a sound greater than 110 dB(A).”  


To have train horns in a tow truck means it’s best to resist the urge to blast it. Towers are reminded that train horns do not justify an attempt to get motorists to, "get out of the way", as they respond to police calls. If you check your state's vehicle codes regarding train horns, you may be in violation of such, or can be cited, when they're not used in emergency scenarios. Not to be a kill-joy, there are plenty of cops who don't like them and will cite for their unnecessary use or unreasonable sound. By that statement alone, can you defend your use of a train horn with evidence that you used them in a necessary and reasonable manner. That's a hard one to prove.     R.




Randall C. Resch

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