Jan. 1, we can now wear our foamie plugs without getting ticketed!
taken from SoCalSportbikes:
For those of you that don't know, it is illegal in California for motorcyclists to use foam disposable earplugs. Yes, many have actually been ticketed for trying to protect their hearing.
See vc 27400 for current wording of the law which specifies custom earplugs only:
current DMV law
Thanks to Marc Danziger on the LABiker list and CA State Senator Debra Bowen this law will change effective Jan. 1st.
New language reads:
(which deletes 'custom plugs':
SEC. 45. Section 27400 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
27400. A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, or earplugs in, both ears. This prohibition does not apply to any of the following:
(a) A person operating authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in Section 165.
(b) A person engaged in the operation of either special
construction equipment or equipment for use in the maintenance of any highway.
© A person engaged in the operation of refuse collection
equipment who is wearing a safety headset or safety earplugs.
(d) A person wearing personal hearing protectors in the form of earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels. The plugs or molds shall be designed in a manner so as to not inhibit the wearer's ability to hear a siren or horn from an emergency vehicle or a horn from another motor vehicle.
(e) A person using a prosthetic device that aids the hard of