ILLEGAL PIPES. Heavy equipment crushed Thursday (Sept. 8, 2022) dozens of illegally modified exhaust pipes of motorcycles that were confiscated by the police in Norala town, South Cotabato province, in the past two months. The town has an existing ordinance banning the use of ear-splitting motorcycle gadgets. (Photo courtesy Norala MPS)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Police authorities in Norala town, South Cotabato province have destroyed more than 50 illegal, ear-splitting modified exhaust pipes confiscated from motorbike riders, an official said Friday.

Major Ramil Aruelo, Norala police chief, said the illegal exhaust pipes, seized from bikers in the past two months, were crushed Thursday afternoon with the use of a road roller compactor.

“We will keep doing this, and we will not get tired confiscating illegally installed exhaust pipes,” Aruelo said in a statement.

The motorbike owners were likewise penalized, based on the town's existing ordinance banning the use of modified exhaust pipes in the locality.  

Aruelo said such pipes, which are popular among young motorcycle enthusiasts, create a lot of noise “that tends to destroy the peace in the locality.”

Modified exhaust pipes are only allowed when the bike is an entry in a motorbike show, he added.

“However, a permit has to be secured first for the installation of the pipe accessory,” he said. (PNA)