Crackdown on Loud Bike Exhausts and Horns
AUTHORITIES HAVE DECIDED TO CRACK down on loud motorcycle exhausts and horns. Furthermore, after-market imports will also be carefully scrutinized henceforth.
A road-legal motorcycle being fitted with an illegal after-market upgrade is not a rare sight in our country. In addition to nullifying the warranty of the vehicle, such a modification renders the vehicle illegal as well. As for the public, they lose a bit of their cool each time one of these vehicles blasts by. Current automotive norms mandate that road-going vehicles should be within an 80-decibel limit; an illegal modification can easily push the bar upwards of 100 decibels. On that note, the Kerala transport department has come forward, saying that they will initiate a drive from 1 June to suspend the registration certificates of all two-wheelers that sport illegal silencers.
For the second step of the crackdown, the transport ministry has instructed the Automotive Component Manufacturing Association of India (ACMA) to provide Harmonised System (HS) codes of vehicle parts. These codes can then be used by the Excise Department to monitor the aftermarket parts that are being imported and make sure that they comply with Indian standards.