Mangaluru, May 24, 2015: Despite many raids and road blocks by Mangaluru City Traffic Police (MCTP), the menace of blaring noisy horns on the public vehicles in the city continues to trouble people.
The city traffic cops are making an effort that road noise pollution is reduced but vehicles continue to violate rules. Drivers of city and service buses, lorries, autos, two wheelers and cars use high decibel horns on busy roads particularly at circles and so on.
The high decibel sound of such vacuum based horns make people, especially senior citizens jump in fear and it affects their health unusually. MCPT had launched ’Stop Shrill Horn drive’ to crack down on vehicles specially buses that use air horns. Police had removed air horns from over 70 buses in the city within two days. The police continued their crackdown and another round began three days ago. Over 200 buses were intercepted and shrill horns removed from them.
A senior ENT doctor in the city, stated that traffic police’s drive against shrill horns is a good move. This drive should continue till all vehicles are made to follow rules. The menace of loud horn is much more in Mangaluru compared to Bengaluru. Cases should be booked and heavy penalty levied, if vehicles are found using shrill horns repeatedly. The Doctor also said he requests Mangalore traffic police to continue with the checking of loud horns. Because, they are again back and the damage they can cause in great.
A citizen said that there are a lot of buses, lorries, autos, motorcycles, schoolbuses and vans fitted with extra loud shrill horns. Please give facility to citizens to note numbers of such vehicles and pass to Police to end this great menace.
Uday Nayak, ACP (traffic), said that the MCTP’s drive against shrill horns will be continued and stringent action taken against repeat offenders. Horns that produce more than 65 db of noise from more than 200 buses in three days have been removed. The drive is a part of an awareness programme and in next phase, we will book cases and make violators pay penalty.
Provisions to levy penalty up to Rs 300 for those who use vacuum horns of above 65 db and up to Rs 800 if it more than 100 db. A decibel checking machine from Karnataka State Pollution Control Board office has been obtained and even KSRTC buses that use shrill horns will not be spared.