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    What’s the current legal situation regarding loud or noisy exhaust silencer pipe(s)?

    Bike confiscated?

    Points on licence?

    M.O.T. Failure?

    Thank You

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    Should be MOT failure, but if you know the right tester etc.
    If you get stopped for it, 1st time you'll get a notice to fix it, I don't know what happens after that as I fixed mine.

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    Default Re: Legal: Regulations On Noise

    8.1.1 Exhaust noise
    If possible, you should assess the exhaust noise by revving the engine to approximately half the maximum engine speed. The engine should be warm before you carry out this check.

    It isn't possible to rev the engine on twist and go type motorcycles.

    The exhaust system and silencer should be in such condition, or of such a type, that the noise emitted from the motorcycle isn't clearly unreasonably above the level expected from a similar motorcycle with a standard silencer in average condition.

    Defect Category
    Exhaust noise levels in excess of those permitted Major
    Any part of the exhaust system:
    Insecure Major
    likely to become detached Dangerous

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    MOT...... all at testers discretion, may get an advisory unless it can be seen to say "Not for road use" or similar.

    Legally...... most modern exhausts probably are only deemed road legal if they have the baffles fitted?

    S59 handed for causing alarm/distress or anything else they can make up.Bike confiscated if you're caught again within two years or something like that.

    My baffles goes in MOT time to keep the MOT man happy and comes straight back out again after.

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    Default Re: Legal: Regulations On Noise

    Good post C13.

    Did a search and came across this lengthy document. Phew!

    https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/medi..._Procedure.pdf

    Unless I am mistaken, this was one of 26,849 new laws introduced by Blair’s fucking Nu Labour. 26,849 reasons never to vote for them - ever!

    https://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/ab...ses/260607.pdf

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