Itanagar: The police here are soon coming up with a special drive to crack the whip on two-wheelers with modified silencers and those that make deafening noises while plying the streets.
According to a circular issued by Itanagar Traffic Cell deputy superintendent of police, P Nobin Jomoh, the erring motorcyclists could soon face punishment under Section-16(F) of the Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1981 or as per deemed fit by the police officials on duty.
The drive, SP Jomoh said would be launched this Saturday.
“Besides causing noise pollution, high sound levels can also cause serious health problems, hence, we request all the owners of two-wheelers with aftermarket silencers to surrender or replace them at the earliest,” the SP said.
Meanwhile, lending its support to the drive, the Royal Arunachal Riders (Bullet Club) have announced to surrender all the modified silencers installed in their bikes to the police this Saturday.
Daman Gamlin, a member of the Royal Arunachal Riders said that all the riders of the club who have installed aftermarket silencers on their motorbikes would either surrender or replace the mufflers voluntarily.
“We wholeheartedly support this initiative of Capital police,” he said while requesting all others to follow suit.
According to Section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, a violation is when the already present silencer is replaced with a modified one, adding to noise pollution, and the first offence is punishable with a fine of Rs 1,000 and for any second or subsequent offence with a fine of Rs 2,000.
If the same offence is found more than two times then the vehicle could also be seized.