Friday, January 20, 2017

The Philippine Just Passed The "Muffler Act of 2016"

Muffler Act of 2016
The Philippines doesn’t have an existing noise limit. The best that the country has is the obsolete 1977 law which states:

"Industrial establishments shall be provided with positive noise abatement devices to tone down the noise level of equipment and machineries to acceptable limits set down by the Department of Labor and the National Pollution Control Commission."
As a results, it is normal or permanent daily fixture to see motorcycles with noisy, ear-splitting, mufflers so loud they can probably wake the dead. To bike mod enthusiasts, this probably isn't a big deal, but to the rest of the civilized world, it can be enough to bring the day to ruin.

The noise pollution on our streets can be annoying as it is, and it can even get more disruptive when loud bikes are added to the mix. Loud bikes sound that way because their owners install, remove or modify their mufflers, creating a booming sound that can be heard even from a kilometer away. When a noise can be that loud, so many people can be affected, so naturally, the argument can easily escalate from a single disgruntled neighbor to the involvement of a barangay representative, and when that happens, you know that things are getting serious.

A recently filed bill however, seeks to criminalize the practice. Dubbed the Muffler Act of 2016, the bill seeks to ban motorcycles and all sorts of vehicles, both public and private, from using any modified form of muffler that only serves to make the output louder. The bill also sets a noise limit for the vehicles, requiring them to be no louder than 70 decibels. The bill exempts vehicles designed for use in sports competitions and motor shows.

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