Ever been bothered by that loud sound from the small motorcycle that passes by every single day?
That may all soon be a thing of the past if this new bill filed by Senator Win Gatchalian becomes a law.
The neophyte senator files Senate Bill 1195 or the Muffler Act of 2016 that seeks to ban motor vehicles, motorcycles, motorbikes, scooters and tricycles whether for private or public that use any form of modified mufflers, sound boosters or any device that will increase its audio output by more than seventy (70) decibels.
Exempted from this bill are vehicles whose sole purpose is sports competition and motor shows.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be tasked to conduct noise pollution testing during the annual vehicle registration and ensure that no muffler exceeds 70 decibels at any point during its operation.
Persons caught driving a motor vehicle with a muffler that, whether modified or simply defective, emits a sound above 70 decibels will be fined Php 5,000 for the first offense including the confiscation of the modified muffler or sound booster; a second offense will have the vehicle impounded plus a Php 10,000 fine; and the third and succeeding offenses carry a Php 15,000 fine and driver’s license suspension of six months.
The LTO will be the lead agency with the authority to deputize Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers and local public safety and other officers of local government units (LGUs) to assist in implementation.