There are two types of motorcycle owners in India, one who buy a bike for their daily commute and as a means of their transportation, and others who buy a motorcycle as a luxury item and as collectors and premium brand enthusiasts. Whether you belong to one category or the other, as a bike owner you would want to keep your motorcycle in the optimal running condition, and would want to show off the great features it has to offer in one way or the other. Maintaining your motorcycle would also be your top priority, by taking it to regular check-ups, oil changes, wax and polishes, etc. Along with that, you would also be making sure that all your motorcycle related documents such as your two wheeler fitness certificate, Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, etc., are all in order.
While the above mentioned activities will peg you to be a considerate and aware two wheeler owner, some people have been taking this a step too far. To show off their motorcycles and its features in a more obvious fashion, some two wheeler owners tend to modify their silencers by replacing them with pipes and other odd materials that make a lot more noise as the motorcycle is driven. This has been a menace for quite some time now, since their activities have become one of the major contributors to noise pollution on the streets of India. The transportation department and the government of India have been privy to this problem for a while now and have decided to take strict measures to curb down on this source of noise pollution in the country.
According to the latest news, the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has announced that any two wheeler and other vehicles with these types of modified silencers will be blacklisted for being contributors to noise pollution. As per the officials, the vehicle owners will be liable to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000, post which they will have to produce their vehicle to the Motor Vehicles Department for inspection after removing the illegal altered silencers and materials. If the vehicle is not restored to its original state and continues to use the modified silencers and pipes, it will be blacklisted on the government’s database on the ParivahanSewa website.
If a two wheeler is found to be using other materials like pipes instead of the sophisticated silencers that it comes fitted with originally, it not only contributes as a source of noise pollution, but also becomes a contributor to air pollution. The original silencers in the two wheelers have a key role to play in inhibiting the emission of harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide and sulfur, which are highly detrimental to the environment and the health of human beings. On the basis of their bike RC details, such vehicles can be seized and would be liable to pay a hefty fine of Rs. 5,000, along with the possibility of being blacklisted, which can lead to suspension of all RTO services for the vehicle.