Ban on firecracker use and open mufflers in Muntinlupa emphasized

In the progressive city of Muntinlupa, the ban on the use of firecrackers and open mufflers were emphasized to the public by the City Government and the fire station, according to a news report by the Manila Bulletin. Take note that the New Year celebration is quickly approaching which often meant using firecrackers.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City government and the chief of the Muntinlupa City Fire Station reminded the public of the ban on the use of firecrackers and open mufflers that emit very loud noise this Christmas season.

“Reminder: Firecrackers and open mufflers are prohibited in the City of Muntinlupa. There are corresponding fines on anyone caught violating City Ordinance No. 14-092 and City Ordinance No. 04-022,” the city government posted on Facebook.

Fire Supt. Eugene Briones, chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Muntinlupa said under City Ordinance 14-092, the use and sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are banned in Muntinlupa.

The ordinance prohibits “the manufacture, display, sale, distribution, possession or use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices and such other similar devices and the exploding of firecrackers or other similar explosives within the territorial jurisdiction of Muntinlupa City.”

Violators face fines from P1,000 to P5,000.

The ban on open mufflers is contained in City Ordinance 04-022 or the Muntinlupa Traffic Code.

Section 9 of the ordinance prohibits the use of gadgets on vehicles that “emit exceptionally loud or startling sounds.”

“No private person shall use or cause to be used sirens, bells, horns. whistles or similar gadgets that emit exceptionally loud or startling sounds, including dome lights and emergency red flashing lights installed in either front or rear, and emergency red light blinkers and other similar signaling or flashing devices that actually impede and confuse traffic and which are inconsistent with sound traffic discipline and control on the roads,” according to the section of the ordinance.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to this development? Do you expect many to violate the local ban on firecracker use and open mufflers?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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