NOISY motor vehicles that use modified mufflers and exhaust pipes that disturb the peace in their communities especially among those attending classes or working via online are now banned in Manila.
Mayor Isko Moreno directed Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau chief Dennis Viaje and Manila Police District Director Gen. Leo Francisco to ensure the implementation of a newly-passed ordinance that not only prohibits the use or operation of motor vehicles with modified muffler that emits and produces noise, but also penalizes them.
Moreno gave the order as he signed into law Ordinance 8772 presented by Manila City Council Presiding Officer Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and principally authored by, among others, Majority Floorleader Atty. Joel Chua and Councilors Terrence Alibarbar, Philip Lacuna and Joel Villanueva, which sets as “excessive, loud and unreasonable” noise levels that are beyond the national standard of 99 decibels taken at an engine speed of 2,000 to 2,500 revolutions per minute (rpm).
Manila Barangay Bureau Director Romeo Bagay was also directed by Moreno to disseminate the said ordinance known as the “Motor Vehicle Modified Muffler Noise Regulation Ordinance of the City of Manila”, to the 896 barangay heads in the city for proper implementation.
The mayor noted that while motor vehicles offered for sale to the public are originally equipped with factory-installed muffler or exhaust pipe primarily designed to minimize and eradicate noise pollution, there are some that remove the original and modify or replace them with mufflers or pipe that increase the emitted sound to a level that causes annoyance, disturbance, displeasure and irritation to the public.
“This rampant but obnoxious practices have resulted in serious disagreement, including bodily injuries and death, between owners of motor vehicles with modified muffler or pipe and the complaining public,” Moreno said, adding that it also causes disturbance among those who attend online classes or work from home and even to night workers who sleep during the day. ANDI GARCIA
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