The Chandigarh Traffic Police has increased penal action towards people using illegal loud exhausts on their motorcycles. This change came within hours of the Punjab and Haryana High Court lambasting the Chandigarh Police for turning a deaf ear to the noise pollution caused by motorcycles with modified exhausts.
As you can see in the image below, the traffic police in the ‘City Beautiful’ has indeed stepped up its drive against users of such loud exhausts. The cops are now catching hold of all the offenders and booking them under Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The violation is punishable for the first offense with a fine of Rs 1,000 and a fine of Rs 2,000 for the repetition of the offense. Also, the cops can even seize the motorcycle. Also, the traffic police of Chandigarh has provided a Whatsapp No. that can be used to report a motorcycle that sports a loud exhaust.
As per the Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act,
Any person who drives or causes or allows to be driven, in any public place a motor vehicle, which violates the standards prescribed in relation to road safety, control of noise and air-pollution, shall be punishable for the first offence with a fine of one thousand rupees and for any second or subsequent offence with a fine of two thousand rupees.
This isn’t the first time that the traffic police of a city has decided to get strict with users of such loud exhausts. In December, last year, the traffic police of Bangalore caught hold of many motorcycles with such illegal setups. The offenders were not only fined but the exhausts were even crushed by a road-roller to permanently damage them. In another event, the Pune Traffic Police started a noise pollution reduction drive in November last year. This drive, which lasted three days, saw many motorcyclists being fined for using loud exhausts.
It may be noted here that owners of many motorcycles, particularly those of Royal Enfield models, often modify their vehicle’s exhaust setup to have an illegally loud sound note. This causes a lot of discomforts when such a motorcycle revs past, say, a residential area. Also, such exhausts are prone to startle other road-users and cause mishaps. No surprise, then, that the Police forces of many cities have decided to put an end to this nuisance.