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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Bontoc bans motorcycles, tricycles with no mufflers; penalty up to P2,500

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Bontoc, Mountain Province – The Municipality of Bontoc is banning the use of motorcycles and tricycles without mufflers, and that violators will be fined up to P2,500 depending on the number of offenses. This is after Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey approved Municipal Ordinance No. 334, s. 2021.

In said ordinance, any individual caught violating the provision shall pay an amount of P500 for first offense, P1, 000 for the second offense, and P2, 500 for the third and succeeding offenses.

If violator could not settle the fine at the Office of the Municipal Treasurer, the motorcycle or tricycle shall be impounded by the apprehending officer and will be claimed by the owner after payment.

The Municipal Information Office of Bontoc in a press released states that the ordinance was crafted to address the public’s complaints about the excessive noise caused by the increasing number of riders intentionally removing their mufflers.

Local officials, the information office stated that they have been receiving complaints from their constituents on said disturbance, especially during the night time, that would usually involve young riders, and such incidents have also caused health problems among those having ailments and the elderly.

Exposure to loud noise, health experts said can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep disturbances, and stress. It could also result in temporary loss of hearing ability.

The ordinance is authored by Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson Sherwin Chamkas and Association of Barangay Captains President Jimmy Cherwaken, co-sponsored by SB member Jerome Tudlong, Jr.


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