Jail time, fines for owners of noisy motorcycles in Malaysia

Had enough of the ear-splitting wail from modified or badly-maintained bikes from Malaysia? So have the cops there…

POLICE ACROSS THE border have heard enough. The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has issued a warning that owners of vehicles with illegal exhaust modifications can be jailed for up to six months or fined up to RM2,000 (S$653).

The country’s road transport department (JPJ) Construction and Use rules of 1959 says that vehicle exhaust systems, including the silencer, must be maintained in good working condition at all times and must not be modified to cause noise.

Above: The solution to noise pollution?

Bukit Aman traffic investigation and enforcement department director Datuk Azisman Alias said in a statement this week that the police will conduct operations with the Department of Environment (DOE) to nab riders with noisy motorcycles.

‘’Through these operations, motorcycles will be checked to determine if the owner complies with the permitted exhaust pipe noise emission level,” he said. “A compound will be issued by the DOE if the stipulated exhaust pipe noise emission level is breached.”

He said the police have the authority to seize non-compliant motorcycles under Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Hmm… looks legit to us

Although bike riders have come under scrutiny for making illegal modifications in Malaysia, the law applies to all vehicles.

While it isn’t a new law, the stepped-up enforcement should mean that the piercing wail of bikes from across the Causeway with either illegally modified or badly-maintained exhausts should become a thing of the past.

We don’t know if the same penalties apply to foreign vehicles that enter Malaysia, but it’s probably not a good idea to let rip with a loud exhaust there. No one likes a noisy neighbour.

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