Sen. Win Gatchalian files Muffler Act of 2016 in Senate
Recently-appointed Senator Win Gatchalian has filed in Senate the Muffler Act of 2016 which prohibits the use of modified mufflers to enhance the sound output of vehicles.
The bill seeks to ban motor vehicles, motorcycles, motorbikes, scooters, and tricycles (public or private) to use any form of modified mufflers, sound boosters, or any device which will increase the sound output higher than seventy decibels. The only exception to this bill are vehicles for motor shows or professional racing.
When applied as a law, vehicles would need to be tested by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) during their annual registration to make sure that mufflers would not go beyond the seventy-decibel threshold.
Those caught in the streets with mufflers emitting sound above 70dB will have the following fines:
- 1st offense: Php5,000 + confiscation of muffler/sound booster
- 2nd offense: Php10,000 + vehicle impound
- 3rd offense: Php15,000 + suspension of driver’s license for 6 months
With this bill, we may finally see (or hear?) the end of unnecessarily loud mufflers on vehicles.