Loud and thundering exhaust notes can be nice, yes, and we can certainly appreciate the roar of a nat asp V12. Unfortunately, in some cases here in the Philippines, some vehicles just sound flat out terrible. That’s when it becomes unacceptable.
That’s why it’s a good thing that some cities and municipalities are taking action against these aftermarket junkies who love ear-blowing mufflers. Case in point: Pasay City.
In a recent Facebook Post, city mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano reminded the public that noisy mufflers on any type of vehicle—be it a truck, private car, public utility vehicle (PUV), or motorcycle—are prohibited within the premises of the city. Check out the post below:
The ban is in line with Pasay City Ordinance 6009 otherwise known as the “Anti-Modified Tail Pipe Ordinance of Pasay City” that was implemented in June this year. According to the law, mufflers are built with silencers by default, but some owners opt to remove these stock parts or replace them with noisier ones altogether. Vehicles modified like these are what the city ordinance aims to remove from the streets.
“Excessive noise is a serious hazard to the public health and welfare, and exposure to certain levels of noise can result in physiological, psychological and economic damage,”the ordinance reads. “Any sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality life.”
Violators will be fined between P2,000 to P4,000. Motorists may also have their licenses revoked, and PUV owners and operators may be stripped of their permits. If you’ve modified the exhaust on your car or motorcycle and frequent this area, heed this warning.