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Friday, November 11, 2016

LOUD MUFFLERS,YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED - THE MUFFLER ACT OF 2016



Mufflers are made to "muffle" or to lessen the sound of the engine while it burn fuel but for some motorcycle modification enthusiast, they want it the other way around. They want it to sound as loud as hell without putting into consideration the noise pollution they bring as they rev up like there will be no tomorrow.


The noise that  can be generated from these modified mufflers can cause not only annoyance but serious hearing damage as well. The tolerable audio level for the human ear is ideally below 85 decibels. These mufflers can produce  up to 120 decibels at a distance of 15 meters. Imagine,you are on a deep sleep when some inconsiderate neighbor  drive by with an ear shattering muffler.Studies show that loud noises and low frequencies can fracture body parts and organs.

Even President Rodrigo Duterte hates it. In Davao, Duterte even implemented a ban on noisy modified mufflers. A city ordinance, dubbed as “An Ordinance for the Comprehensive Transport & Traffic Code of Davao City,” states that:

“No person shall operate a motor vehicle on a street unless such motor vehicle is equipped, at all times, with a muffler or mufflers in constant operation and of sufficient capacity for the motor and equipped with an exhaust system to prevent the escape of excessive fumes or smoke and unusual noise.”


He ordered  over 200 motorcycles in Davao City. “Noise is a pollutant, it destroys the hearing of the people. It disturbs the public peace. It’s unlawful and by law I am allowed to abate that nuisance,” Duterte said.


The Philippines has an existing law about noise pollution dated way back 1977 which states: “Industrial establishments shall be provided with positive noise abatement devices to tone down the noise level of equipment and machineries to acceptable limits set down by the Department of Labor and the National Pollution Control Commission.”
The law only applies to industrial establishments and it does not include motor vehicles and automotives.

The Muffler Act of 2016  is a bill that will make the owners of loud, noisy mufflers criminally liable.The bill seeks to ban motorcycles and all sorts of vehicles, both public and private, from using any modified form of muffler that only serves to make the output louder. The bill also sets a noise limit for the vehicles, requiring them to be no louder than 70 decibels. The bill exempts vehicles designed for use in sports competitions and motor shows.

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Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destination for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.


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