Vehicle owners who modify their exhaust pipes can be fined, jailed

KUALA LUMPUR – Owners of vehicles found to have modified their exhaust resulting in noise pollution will face a jail term of up to six months and a fine of up to RM2,000.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) chief, Datuk Azizman Alias said the offence has been established in accordance with Rule 103 of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959 (LN 170/1959).

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“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.

“So, anybody who modifies an exhaust pipe to the point of disturbing public peace is found to have committed an offence,” he said in a statement today.

He said the police have the authority to seize the motorcycle to prevent the offence from being repeated under Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

As such Azisman said, the police would from time to time conduct integrated operations in collaboration with the Department of Environment (DOE).

“Through these operations, motorcycles will be checked to determine if the owner complies with the permitted exhaust pipe noise emission level.

“A compound will be issued by the DOE if the stipulated exhaust pipe noise emission level is breached,” he added.

Azisman also reminded that the ruling was not only limited to owners of motorcycles as other motorised vehicle owners should also comply with the law and road regulations with regards to any modification to their vehicles.

Promises of detainee release

The Melaka police in a unrelated development, recorded seven cases of fraud by parties promising the release of police detainees last year, with losses totalling RM165,000.

Melaka Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) chief Supt E Sundra Rajan said three similar cases were recorded so far this year, involving losses of RM44,000.

He said the latest case involving a housewife occurred yesterday, in which the victim lost RM9,000 after being deceived on the phone by an individual disguised as ‘Sergeant Hairol’ asking for an inducement to release her husband from lock-up, who was detained for the possession of contraband cigarettes.

“The suspect claimed that he was the investigating officer for the case and then offered to release the 26-year-old victim’s husband from the Tampin District Police Headquarters (IPD) lockup without any further action, but with some payment.

“The victim agreed and made a transaction amounting to RM9,000 into the bank account given by the suspect and after payment was made, the woman waited for her husband at the IPD, but her husband was still not released,” he said in a statement here, today.

Sundra Rajan said the victim then inquired about the matter with the personnel there, but was informed that she had been deceived. She then contacted ‘Sergeant Hairol’ again, but the call was blocked.

“The police found that the victim’s husband was indeed detained at the Tampin IPD lockup for the said offence. The victim had lodged a police report at the Pulau Sebang Police Station, Alor Gajah and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” he said.

He said the public was advised not to believe in individuals disguised as police officers offering to release any lock-up detainees and to check the phone number in question via the ‘Semak Mule CCID’ application.