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Modified exhaust silencers are becoming trend among youngsters

     Modified exhaust silencers

Modified exhaust silencers

 

Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Aug 28 : Installation of modified exhaust silencers is becoming a popular trend among the youngsters in the entire country, adding to noise pollution and giving a huge impact to the environment.

Speaking to Imphal Free Press, one of the bikers who installed the modified exhaust silencer said after installing it on his bike, he can feel the ‘macho feeling’ and love the ‘thud thud’ sound.

“I do not know of any impact to environment caused by the sound from my bike but I definitely enjoy the ‘macho’ feel it gives when I ride my Royal Enfield bike at high speed with the ‘thud-thud’ sound,” said the biker.

The cost of such modified exhausts being sold in the market ranges from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 17,000 and youths are paying the costs and installing such exhaust to keep up with the ongoing ‘macho’ trend.

A female commuter who goes to work daily on her scooter said to IFP that the government has announced to take necessary measures against such modified silencers from May 1, and questioned why the state is still lagging behind in taking up action against such users who not only are breaking rules regarding noise but also speed regulations.

“I was about to meet an accident when one of such bikers overtook suddenly at the congested Nityaipat Chuthek turning, but I regained control of my scooter and avoided the road mishap,” she added.

She said the manufacturers have installed appropriate silencers as per the design of the vehicle, and expressed her curiosity under what condition they have installed such modified exhausts. Such vehicles must be booked for harassing the public, she added.

One of the shop owners selling such exhausts said the youths are demanding various types of such silencers. Even one of the biker recently booked a modified silencer which is similar to the silencer installed in the bike of Valentino Rossi who is an Italian professional motorcycle road racer and multiple Moto GP world champion. “To get more profits I have to booked varied modified silencers,” he added.

Under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, any alteration to the factory model is illegal. Any change that increases the weight of the vehicle by 10 percent can be done with the consent of the manufacturer and the regional transport office. Changes to exhaust pipe cannot be allowed as it is violation of the act.

It is said that removing the catalytic converter, a component fitted to the exhaust pipe is the easiest way to increase the noise. One of the experts said such type of silencer is called a free flow exhaust. It produces more sound as well as toxic gases. The gas should be filtered by the catalytic converter to avoid directly release the toxic gas into the air, expert added.

According to a government order released on August 25 by chairman of Manipur pollution control board (MPCB), L. Radhakishore Singh, the work for monitoring of ambient noise, air and vehicular emission will start from September 1. The monitoring vehicles will be done at various places mainly in the city area where there is traffic congestion.

One of the officials of MPCB said a driver has to pay fine under motor vehicle act, 1988 and environment protection act if he or she is found guilty against the acts. The recommendation of noise for a vehicle should not cross the sound level of 80 decibels. If the vehicles are found to cross the recommended noise limit, then the individual who is driving such vehicles will be charged, the official added.

The modified exhaust can produce noise ranging from 120 to 130 decibels and it can easily cause noise pollution. Such noise not only could harm the environment but also can give the harmful effects to an unborn child in mother’s womb. The government has taken a good initiatives and it could reduce some noise pollution as well as other pollution to make a healthy environment, official added.

MPCB appealed the modified silencer users not only for the two wheelers but also four wheelers to reinstall the silencers which had been originally installed during the manufacture of the vehicles. The drivers can help reduce pollution but without the support from public, making a clean and healthy environment will be a hard task, official added.