The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has warned members of the public who cause noise pollution with their vehicles' exhaust pipes that they can be punished by law
Speaking to Sinar Harian, Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) chief Datuk Azisman Alias said offenders could face up to six months in jail or a fine of RM2,000.
He said it is an offence under Rule 103 of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959.
"The rule states that every exhaust pipe installed on a motorised vehicle must be maintained at all times so that it is in a good condition," Bernama quoted him as saying in a statement.
"So, anybody who modifies an exhaust pipe to the point of disturbing public peace is found to have committed an offence."
Furthermore, Azisman added that police have the authority to seize the motorcycle or car in order to prevent further offences
Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987 empowers any police officer or Road Transport Department (JPJ) officer to confiscate the vehicle to secure the discontinuance of the offence.
Azisman said the vehicle will only be returned after the owner takes steps to ensure the same offence will not happen again.
As such, he said the police will periodically conduct integrated operations in collaboration with the Department of Environment (DOE) to keep motorists in check.
"During the operations, the noise level of motorcycles will be measured to determine if it complies with the standard," said the JSPT chief.
"If the noise level surpasses the permissible level, DOE will issue a compound to the owner of the motorcycle."
Azisman reminded that the rule does not just apply to motorcycles, but also other motorised vehicles
He said that he noted a trend where more Malaysian youths are installing noisy exhaust systems on their motorcycles in order to increase the speed and beautify their rides.
To that, Azisman said any modifications must first obtain approval from JPJ before being made.