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Every motor vehicle shall be constructed and maintained so as to conform to noise standards as indicated in the table below, and these Standards shall be tested as per Indian Standards IS : 3028-1998.
Sl Category of Vehicles at manufacturing stage applicable on and from 01/01/2003 Noise limits dB(A)
1 Two wheeler with displacement up to 80 cubic cm 75
2 Two wheeler with displacement more than 80 cubic cm but up to 175 cubic cm 77
3 Two wheeler with displacement above 175 cubic cm 80
4 Three wheeler with displacement up to 175 cubic cm 77
5 Two wheeler with displacement more than 175 cubic cm 80
6 Passenger car 75
7 Passenger or commercial vehicles with GVW up to 4 tonnes 80
8 Passenger or commercial vehicles with GVW more than 4 tonnes but up to 12 tonnes 83
9 Passenger or commercial vehicles with GVW more than 12 tonnes 86
Sl Category of Vehicles at manufacturing stage applicable on and from 01/04/2005 Noise limits dB(A)
1 Two wheelers displacement up to 80 cc 75
2 Two wheelers displacement more than 80 cc but up to 175 cc 77
3 Two wheelers displacement more than 175 cc 80
4 All passengers cars, all Petrol driven three- wheelers and diesel driven two wheelers 82 dB (A)
5 Three wheelers with displacement up to 175 cc 77
6 Three wheelers with displacement more than 175 cc 80
7 Vehicles used for carriage of passengers having more than nine seats, including drivers seat. 74
8 Vehicles used for carriage of passengers having more than nine seats, including drivers seat, and a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of more than 3.5 tonnes  with an engine power less than 150KW 78
9 Vehicles used for carriage of passengers having more than nine seats, including drivers seat, and a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of more than 3.5 tonnes  with an engine power of 150KW and above 80
10 Vehicles used for carriage of passengers having more than nine seats, including drivers seat, and vehicles used for carriage of goods with a maximum GVW not exceeding 2 tonnes 76
11 Vehicles used for carriage of passengers having more than nine seats, including drivers seat, and vehicles used for carriage of goods with a maximum GVW greater than 3 tonnes but not exceeding 3.5 tonnes 77
12 Vehicles used for transport of goods with a maximum GVW exceeding 3.5 tonnes with an engine power less than 75KW 77
13 Vehicles used for transport of goods with a maximum GVW exceeding 3.5 tonnes with an engine power of 75KW or above but less than 150KW 78
14 Vehicles used for transport of goods with a maximum GVW exceeding 3.5 tonnes with an engine power of 150KW and above 80
Source: GSR 849(E) dated December 2002. 
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