THE City of Talisay Traffic Operations Development Authority (CT-Toda) has impounded 30 motorcycles since Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.
The traffic office has been going after violators of the city ordinance that bans modified mufflers, more commonly known as “bora-bora.”
There is also a provision of Republic Act 8749, or the Philippine Clean Air Act, that regulates and controls emissions of any “unwanted sound from a known source which is passed into the atmosphere.”
Jonathan Tumulak, CT-Toda head, said they conducted the operation after the office of Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. received several complaints from residents and visitors to the city regarding the noise generated by some motorcycles.
He said they will continue to conduct the operation until there are no more motorcycles with modified mufflers in the city.
Tumulak said the CT-Toda will only release the impounded motorcycles if the owner presents the original muffler and pay the P1,000 penalty.
“Bisan kon makamulta sila, kon dili nila dala ang original nga tambutso o kadtong dili saba nga tambutso, dili gyud nila makuha ang ilang mga na-impound nga tambutso. Ug sa pagkuha nila sa ilang motor, ipabilin o kompiskahon gyud ang bora-bora (Even if they can pay the fine, if the owners do not bring the original muffler or a muffler that is not noisy, they won’t be able to get their motorcycles back. And when they get their motorcycle, they must leave behind the modified muffler),” he said.
The operation is not confined to motorcycles of Talisay City residents as the CT-Toda will impound any motorcycle that has a modified muffler. (FMD / PJB)