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Previously we had reported about Bangalore Traffic Police crushing the loud exhaust of Royal Enfield bikes. Now, ETAuto reports that the Kerala Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) will start a campaign against the bikes fitted with modified exhaust mufflers. The new campaign will be launched on June 1, 2018.
Under the new campaign, the Kerala RTOs will suspend the registration certificate (RC) of the bikes fitted with modified silencers. After the cancellation of the RC, the motorcycle will not be eligible to ply on roads. With the RC suspended, the bike's insurance will also be void.
But the suspension of registration certificate will be for a minimum of three months. Once the illegal silencer is replaced, the RC of the bike will be restored. The reason behind this campaign is the loud noise produced by the modified silencers which cause a lot of problems to the public.
Deputy Transport Commissioner, M P Ajithkumar said, "There are over 1,000 bikes in Ernakulam that are operating with modified silencers. We had just been fining them but as part of the special initiative of the MVD, which aims at tackling noise pollution this year, we will now be suspending their RC under the provision of section 53 of the Motor Vehicles Act."
He also said that the modified silencers create a noise of around 95dB to 100dB which is louder than bus horn. So, to curb the noise pollution caused by modified exhaust mufflers, MVD has taken up the new campaign of cancelling the RC of such bikes.
The modified silencers are available through several dealers across Kerala. But it is clearly specified that such exhaust mufflers are not meant for road use. So, it is the responsibility of the owner of the bike who uses such silencers as it is illegal to use modified exhausts on public roads.
Thoughts On The Suspension Of RC Of Bikes Fitted With Modified Silencers
The Kerala MVD has taken a right step towards curbing noise pollution caused by modified silencers. The new campaign by Kerala RTOs will send a strong message to all the bike owners using modified silencers on public roads. The modified exhaust mufflers are meant for race track or off-road use to increase the performance of the bike.
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