Earlier this month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) released several guidelines to the public when passing through quarantine checkpoints. We also wrote a short feature on how to avoid hassles during checkpoints.
But in Tarlac it seems the PNP has other matters to attend to: loud vehicle horns. In a recent social media post, the Tarlac City Police appear to be fixed on confiscating “loud” car and motorcycle horns. Specifically, they said that a total of 54 “snail horns were confiscated” by officers at an ECQ checkpoint along McArthur Highway at Barangay Salapungan, Tarlac City.
According to the post, the reasons for the confiscated horns were due to them being in violation of Tarlac City Ordinance No. 005-11 “An ordinance regulating the use of excessive and unreasonable noise in the City of Tarlac and providing for the abatement thereof" and Presidential Decree No. 96 of 1973 “Declaring unlawful the use or attachment of sirens, bells,horns, whistles or similar gadgets that emit exceptionally loud or startling sounds, including domelights and other signalling or flashing devices on motor vehicles and providing certain exceptions therefor."
Based on the photos, the horns appear to look like snail-type aftermarket horn units that would normally be fitted in vehicles and motorbikes today. While the effort is laudable, hopefully those enforcing have the proper equipment (i.e. decibel meters) to make sure that the sound the horns are indeed excessive.
In that light, there was also no mention of a specific definition or standard (in decibels) that would define what constitutes excessive loudness.