On Friday, the East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Traffic Police came up with a new order. The order issued will make the vehicle owners who replaced their original exhaust pipes with retrofitted versions remove and return to the original ones.
The authorities took this initiative to reduce noise pollution in the city. However, after a precise analysis, it is found that noise pollution is hiking up rapidly, and the modified exhausts are causing a significant amount of disturbance at night.
The Superintendent of Police warned the people and asked them to replace their exhaust pipes as early as possible. It is also declared that if anyone is found violating the order, it will be considered a criminal offense and will be punished according to the law.
As per Section 182A (4)/190(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, such modified exhaust pipes can cause disturbance to small children, senior citizens, and several others who strive for silence. Besides, according to the Regulation and Control of Noise Pollution Rules, 2000, which is a rule applied all around the country, it is mentioned that the highest noise level allowed from any vehicle should not be more than 80 decibels.
Therefore, if any vehicle is found exceeding the limit, a warrant can be issued by the police against vehicle owners.