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Kerala High Court Orders Strict Action Against Aftermarket Bike Modifications

Any modification in your bike that is unsafe and unhealthy for road users will be punishable from now in Kerala.

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The Kerala high Court ordered police and motor vehicles department to take strict actions against specific bike modifications that reduce the safety and negatively impact the health of others. The list of modifications acknowledged by the court includes various procedures like installation of loud silencers in bikes.

 

It was Justice V Chitambaresh who issued the directing orders after hearing a petition filed by Mr. Francis MC. Francis got his Royal Enfield bike straight handles and replaced its stock silencer with a loud one. His basic objective was to sue a check report issued against him for violation of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 by motor vehicles department.

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As per the judgment, loud and thunderous noises that emanates from high-speed two wheelers have a serious effect on ears. These are extremely unhealthy and unsafe for the ailing and old aged people who walk on roads. The level of sound should be under the decibel limits mentioned by the Environment Protection Rules and Regulations, 1986 especially designed to reduce noise pollution. Although, the motor vehicles department didn’t test the motorcycle to determine the decibel level of silencer fitted in Mr. Francis’s vehicle.

The court included several others after purchase modifications in the judgment such as small handlebars. These may look sleek and stylish, but they are known for disturbing the equilibrium of bikes and can easily lead to any mishap. Similarly, a motorcycle without mudguard will splash dirt and mud over the rider as well as the passersby.

Another mention worthy modification is the theatre seats which are inclined more than the one allowed by manufacturer, it leads to removal of handle for pillion rider and can easily throw his or her in air in a moment. The court withdrew permissions for withdrawal of saree guard and pillion rider’s handle. And last but not the least; it is now banned to replace the glare-free headlights with over-bright glittering headlights.

Source: TOI

 

COMMENTS
  1. Manoj
    March 3, 2016

    Before passing such laws,the traffic police men has to be educated about the difference in legal modifications and illegal.
    Example a HID or a projector type headlamp tuned to exact low beam spec won’t create glare on on coming traffic(does Audi and BMW cause u glare?)
    But a 100w halogen creates a hell lot of glare (it is strictly illegal) cops won’t care about them but they file guys fitting a 35w HID or projector headlamp.
    And local bus body manufacturers fit their headlamps exactly at a height when you are in car it creates hell lot of glare. Compare how a Scannia or Volvo truck where the headlamps are installed (compare the height) you can clearly see Volvo’s and other manufacturers fit them low such that it causes no glare for Car drivers
    Government has to consider many facts before passing such law

  2. Arun Dhananjayan
    March 4, 2016

    Killing the passion of bikers! Ban industries who cross pollution limits, stop poaching, ban tobacco products, garbage issues? And then follows so many other things that needs change. I already believe that Kerala has put limits on speeding and safety (helmets). Stop being so brutal, the government needs to face the music for being so awesomely stupid, not the passionate people who voted for their asses to become hypocrites later.

  3. ARUN
    June 12, 2016

    Destroying creativity of kerala youngsters who loves bikes..All these happening becz of few idiots riders who are really retarded..I can agree with sound and pollution BUT fitting saree guard ??? oppss time to leave the planet and go to kepler-186F 😛

  4. akash
    June 16, 2016

    As long as the oldies rule the state, the youngesters will continue to hate the govt and their rules. The traditional indians were mostly Criticisers and always had difficulties in accepting the new. They prefer to live in past. The present rules need to be altered.
    Coming to the modifications of a vehicle , definitely a vehicle should b allowed to modify by law as long as it is safe . Safety and convenience should be factor. Replacing the stock handle bar with more safer and convenient one like a handle bar wider or taller should never be prohibited. Similarly head lamp projectors and fog lamps which are tuned in a way they are safe should be permitted. There are a lot of different free flow silencers and only some of them are so noisy that they might be unsafe for the ears. After all paying heavy taxes including road tax, why are owners so screwed when they are not even satisfied with benefits from paying tax.

  5. akash
    June 16, 2016

    As long as the oldies rule the state, the youngesters will continue to hate the govt and their rules. The traditional indians were mostly Criticisers and always had difficulties in accepting the new. They prefer to live in past. The present rules need to be altered.
    Coming to the modifications of a vehicle , definitely a vehicle should be allowed to modify by law as long as it is safe . Safety and convenience should be the factor. Replacing the stock handle bar with more safer and convenient one like a handle bar wider or taller should never be prohibited. Similarly head lamp projectors and fog lamps which are tuned in a way they are safe should be permitted. There are a lot of different free flow silencers and only some of them are so noisy that they might be unsafe for the ears. After all paying heavy taxes including road tax, why are owners so screwed when they are not even satisfied with benefits from paying tax.

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