Police to rope in vehicles with modified exhaust

KUCHING: Sarawak Traffic Police are set to launch a two-week statewide operation against road users who have modified their vehicle’s exhaust to cause loud noises.

Its department chief Supt Alexson Naga Chabu said the operation dubbed Ops Ubah Suai Ekzos (Ops Modified Exhaust) will be enforced from Mar 1 to 14.

“Throughout the coming period, we (police) have been sanctioned to confiscate the offender’s vehicle if their exhaust system is found modified to emit loud noises.

 “It will be made under Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987 to ensure no repeat offenders,” he said.

Apart from that, the police will also be working with the Road Transport Department and the Sarawak Department of Environment (DoE) to measure the noise level of each vehicle’s exhausts.

The vehicles including motorcycles will be measured at the allowable exhaust noise level and if it exceeds the set limit, the police and DoE will issue a compound to the owner.

“The public are advised to ensure that the vehicle’s exhaust used is in accordance with the specifications that have been set, that is, it does not emit loud noise and does not disturb public order.

“If the exhaust system is found to be altered and causing loud noise and disturbing public order, the vehicle owner may be subject to actions under Rule 103 which is under the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959 (LN 170/1959),” Alexson said.

The rule states that every exhaust installed on a motor vehicle shall be maintained in good condition and, if any person who makes such modification, is guilty of an offense and may be fined not more than RM2,000 or be imprisoned for a term not more than six months.

He added that vehicle owners who wish to make (vehicle) modifications must first obtain permission and approval from the Road Transport Department.