Royal Enfield motorcycles have been on the watchlist of the cops in India after modified exhaust. The cos intensified the exhaust sound checking after an order from Supreme Court and we have already seen many videos of the police officers seizing and destroying such aftermarket exhausts. A new video from Udipi, Karnataka shows how the cops make the owners go back to the original exhaust.
What is happening here?
The video shows that the cops are checking the loud aftermarket exhausts of the Royal Enfiled bikes parked in the police compound. The police in the area must have seized the bikes to keep them in the police compound. After the exhaust-check, the cops can be seen directing the bike owners to change their exhausts and go back to the stock ones.
There were 4 bikes present at the police compound and the cops asked the owners to change the exhausts at the spot. The police officer says that the bikes have not been seized and the owners were given an option to install the stock exhaust on the spot. The video also shows one of the owners changing the bike exhaust in the police compound. However, the cops have directed that if they are caught with the loud exhausts again, the bike would be impounded on the spot and they would write to RTO to de-register the motorcycles. It is one of the situations when the cops can be seen being lenient towards such modifications.
In many cases, the cops seized and destroyed the modified exhausts on the spot by using hydraulic cutters and even road rollers. Most of the Royal Enfield motorcycles are modified and one of the first modifications are the exhaust. Aftermarket exhausts are widely available in the country and none of them complies with the road legal noise level. Such exhausts create a nuisance on the road and make loud noises.
Even though the police do not use any special equipment to check the loudness of the exhaust, the bikes caught were clearly extremely loud. According to sections of the Motor Vehicle Act, any aftermarket addition to a vehicle plying on Indian roads is illegal if not expressly endorsed on the Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle by a Regional Transport Office (RTO). Aftermarket exhausts are also included in the list of illegal modifications. Hefty fines, motorcycle seizures and even arrests of repeat offenders are something that has been seen over the past year or so. Traffic police departments across India have been cracking down on aftermarket exhausts, fitted mainly on Royal Enfield motorcycles. Such drives will only intensify as more motorcycle owners choose loud aftermarket exhausts.