Source: rideapart.com

Source: rideapart.com

As of this writing, the Muffler act of 2016 or Anti Noise Pollution Law has been approved by both houses. Now waiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte, this law aims to curve, if not totally ban, the sale and use of mufflers that are deemed too “noisy”.

Ideally, the tolerable audio level for the human ear is below 85 decibels at 15 meters. Some aftermarket mufflers can produce up to 120 decibels at a distance of 5 meters. It is also common knowledge that these kind of mufflers are a very popular type of accessory for small displacement motorcycles, such as scooters or underbones, and with over 4 million units roaming around the country, this may create havoc for commuters and residents alike.

 Mayor Japal Guiani-witnesses the destruction of confiscated open pipe-mufflers http://www.ndbcnews.com.ph/

Mayor Japal Guiani witnesses the destruction of confiscated open pipe-mufflers.   Source: www.ndbcnews.com.ph

Of course, implementation is another thing. With the limited personnel and resources of both the MMD and HPG, they will be hard pressed to apprehend violators, much less define what is “noisy” or not. Another problem is the interpretation of the guidelines. Additional training of personnel is sorely needed in this department

If they were really serious, I would recommend LTO and DTI to direct all stores and shops to cease and desist from selling these kinds of mufflers. Cutting of the supply is a good start. Another option is denial of LTO registration of the motorcycle in question until it changes or replaces the said muffler. Not only is this more economical, but twice effective.

It is rumored that even President Rodrigo Duterte, an avid motorcycle fan, hates these kind of mufflers. In Davao, the President even implemented a ban on noisy, modified mufflers. A city ordinance, dubbed as “An Ordinance for the Comprehensive Transport & Traffic Code of Davao City,” states that:

Source: Ebay.com

Source: Ebay.com

“No person shall operate a motor vehicle on a street unless such motor vehicle is equipped, at all times, with a muffler or mufflers in constant operation and of sufficient capacity for the motor and equipped with an exhaust system to prevent the escape of excessive fumes or smoke and unusual noise.”

Interestingly, the Philippines has an existing law about noise pollution dated way back 1977 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.”

Although this he law only applies to industrial establishments, it has been modified and amended to include motor vehicles and automobiles.

The bill exempts vehicles designed for use in sports competitions and motor shows.


Read more: http://www.jbsolis.com/2016/11/loud-mufflersyour-days-are-numbered.html#ixzz4PxOtDSxk

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  1. FORGODSAKES! Cease these motorcycles with overly loud mufflers already! What is LTO doing? This has been running for years and it became louder last year ’til this year. After the president was elected, the effectiveness was very short lived (as always the reputation of philippine laws). These are the people that have no regards and consideration for other people. My neighborhood used to be quiet ’til these demons roamed the street and those demons that sells the mufflers. My sleep is always interrupted, it will give you heart failure, it will destroy your ear, AND I CAN’T HEAR WHAT I’M WATCHING ON TELEVISION AND I CAN’T EVEN HAVE A NICE CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE BECAUSE THEY FREQUENTLY PASS BY SECONDS! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD DO SOMETHIIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you for your comment, and we could not agree with you more. However, DOTr and LTO are revising the rules on noisy mufflers. The proposed law is vague in its definition of what is noisy or not, and the distance between the vehicle in question and the person is still debatable. But rest assured, there will be a revised and improved anti-noise pollution law that will be acceptable. Stay tuned.

  2. The problem – and it is a mental health problem creeping up on the Philippines – is that so few people there want to make a decision. The law gives the Executive authority to take action, it is technically simple to determine noise levels (a smartphone and a sound level app will do the job), but the will is not there. Why?

    About time someone in the Executive showed leadership and acted to alleviate this problem. Local Police Chief getting out and showing determination would be a good start. As suggested above, refusal to register would have some effect. Or equip the police with authority to confiscate plates and charge P500 to get them back – then use the money collected to fund tricycle drivers to get new, quiet silencers.

    It’s not hard. But someone needs to show leadership and determination.

    • Couldn’t agree more.. But let’s give this administration a chance. It may take some time, mainly because of technicalities, but it is workable and implementable.

  3. Hi. we are planning a campaign regarding the banning of these. the open pipe mufflers and the modified mufflers as well as the motorcycle without mufflers that is. can you give us some advice on how we can effectively ban this from our community?

    • Earl Manalansan

      For starters, you can start an online and actual petition, addressed to your congressman and the LTO. Join other clubs or organizations that are also anti-noise pollution. Suggest how you can implement the rules. Remember, there is strength in numbers.

  4. Sir huhulihin din ba kapag naglagay ka ng silencer tapos nakawelding sa muffler?

    • Earl Manalansan

      Bottom line is, di dapat maingay or nakakabulahaw ng ibang tao. Mahrirap ang implementation kapag walang tiyak na rules and regulations.

  5. I hope at the Barangay level, Barangay leaders, tanod and local traffic enforcers are true to their job. They should know every member of the barangay who owns a vehicle (motorcycle / cars / suv / puvs / trucks) AND IF SAID VEHICLES HAVE LOUD MUFFLERS OR DO NOT HAVE ANY MUFFLER AT ALL. They should now be accountable to all violations happening in their area. If still at this level nothing is happening then the Mayors should also be made accountable by the DILG.
    Another point of control is the LTO during registrations. If a vehicle is apprehended, then all these agencies should be identified and penalized by the DILG. We have been putting in levels of controls and if they are not preforming then their budgets should also be slashed and effectively affected. Effective enforcement should also be rewarded with more budget to improve further the performance of theses units.

  6. Christian Macalinao

    It’s very hard to ban such as these mufflers in a democratic nation. Its a sad truth that things such as these exists because of democraziness. It may stopped, but maybe worse after Duterte Administration. Only the Dutertes are our hope, that will put these kind of destruction into an end.