STATEHOUSE - Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) has authored a bill that would prohibit using compression breaks on vehicles without a break muffler. Rep. Dodge drafted House Bill 1099 in response to Hoosiers' concerns about the noise and nuisance created by compression breaks.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 78-16.
"Many people have expressed their concerns to me about this issue and as their elected official, it's my responsibility to find a solution for this problem," said Rep. Dodge. "It is unnecessary to remove the brakes' mufflers. Without those mufflers, and especially for Hoosiers who live near highways and interstates, the noise becomes hard to tolerate."
Compression release engine brakes (commonly referred to as "Jake Brakes" or "Jacobs Brakes") are usually found in heavy equipment or large diesel-engine vehicles, such as semi trucks. When the brake is used without a muffler, it causes a very loud machine gun-like sound, which can be very disturbing to anyone nearby.
Failure to comply with this law would be a Class C infraction, resulting in fine of up to $500.
HB 1099 will now progress to the Senate for further discussion.