KALIBO, Aklan -- Officials in the capital town of Kalibo on Monday destroyed hundreds of assorted open-pipe motorcycle mufflers.
Kalibo Mayor William Lachica led the traffic management unit in destroying the “noisy” mufflers using a backhoe.
Lachica said the mufflers were confiscated in various operations in the past months.
The mayor said the destruction was to show the commitment of the local government to its campaign against open pipe mufflers producing loud irritating sounds.
Mufflers are usually customized to amplify engine noise at full throttle.
Confiscation of illegal mufflers in the town is in accordance with the municipal ordinace.
Erring drivers were fined P2,500 and required to reinstall the factory manufactured and installed muffler.
The ordinance also prohibits selling modified mufflers.
Violators will be fined P1,500 on first offense, P2,500 on second offense and P2,500 fine and cancellation of business permit for third and succeeding offenses.
Aside from the Local Government of Kalibo, the Land Transportation Office-Aklan said they were also conducting various crackdown operations in other towns in the province.
Raul Ruan, chief law enforcement service of LTO-Aklan, stressed that the use of an improvised mufflers is also a violation of the Republic Act (RA) No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines.
Ruan said illegal modifications of motorcycle parts may endanger lives. (PNA)