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Mabalacat City issues warning against illegal mufflers

A stern warning has been issued to motorcycle riders on the use of loud modified mufflers or open pipes in Mabalacat City.

This is part of the ongoing ‘Oplan Baklas Muffler’ campaign being conducted by the city government, through the Mabalacat City Traffic Enforcement Group (MCTEG), in partnership with the Mabalacat City Police.

This initiative targets the eradication of illegal mufflers, particularly on underbone motorcycles, which have been the source of noise pollution in the area.

As the New Year’s Eve approaches, the MCTEG and police force are ramping up efforts to enforce the prohibition of these modified exhaust systems. This campaign coincides with the residents’ previous complaints regarding the significant noise disturbance during the last year’s celebration, where some motorcyclists used their bikes with loud mufflers as an alternative to traditional firecrackers.

On December 27 alone, the MCTEG has apprehended 34 motorcycles fitted with illegal mufflers, showcasing the LGU’s commitment to enforce noise regulations and maintain peace within the community.

MCTEG Head Ralph Basti David, states, “Our team is dedicated to ensuring that the law is respected and that the peace of our city is not disrupted by noise pollution. The apprehension of these motorcycles is a clear message that we are serious about this issue.”

Mabalacat City Chief of Police, PLtCol. Alfredo Canlas, emphasized the importance of the operation, saying, “The police force is united with the LGU in this endeavor. We want to remind everyone that while we celebrate the new year, we should not forget our responsibility to the community. Let’s keep our festivities safe and sound-friendly.”

In a related development, Hon. Glenn Tiongco of Barangay Dapdap has been lauded for his proactive measures to ban the use of loud mufflers within his jurisdiction.

“I am pleased to see the positive impact that our collective efforts have had on reducing noise pollution. The feedback from our residents has been overwhelming, and it motivates us to continue these initiatives for the betterment of everyone’s quality of life,” Tiongco said.

Riders found violating the muffler regulations will face penalties, including the dismantling of non-compliant mufflers and possible fines.

The Mabalacat City LGU is calling on all motorcycle riders to comply with the regulations and to be mindful of the community’s peace and tranquility. Residents are encouraged to report any violations to the authorities.

(Photos courtesy of MCTEG and Barangay Dapdap)