Crack­down on Loud Bike Ex­hausts and Horns

Bike India - - IGNITION -

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.

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