Bhubaneswar, Sep 10: The traffic wing of the commissionerate police has started crackdown on motorcycles using modified silencers and creating bursting sounds and has penalized more than 40 motorcycles on Sunday. Besides imposing penalty the police also removed the modified silencers from such motorcycles especially bullets.
Under the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, 80 decibels is the noise limit for motorcycles and scooters but a number of youngsters have scant regard for the norms.
Transport officials said thatany alteration of a factory model is illegal under the Motor Vehicles Act. “The motorcycles have a stock silencer with three filters to produce low sound. But buyers especially youths alter the silencer to produce loud sound. This can attract a penalty of Rs 1000 which can be extended up to Rs 2000,” said a transport official.
While a number of motorcycles can be found with boosting the sound level, a number of motorcycles also generate a firecracker-like sound or that of a firing bullet leading to many mishaps in recent past. Sources said that one has to spend between Rs 1000 and Rs 3000 to modify the exhaust system of the motorcycles.