The commuter in you will attest to the habit of excessive and unnecessary honking that occurs, no matter what time of the day it is, on the roads of Indian cities.
Studies show that around 48% of drivers have hearing issues—due to the over-usage of horns.
Well, Kerala is setting a rule, that could very well be implemented across India. As part of the steps being taken by the state government to curb sound pollution and the health problems it causes, AK Saseendran, the Minister for Transport, announced that one road in each district would be made a ‘No Horn Zone.’
On Thursday, the 26th of April, a No Horn Day was observed in the state, and Saseendran claimed that the government would first spread awareness amongst motorists, and then start cracking down on horn misuse. Phase 2, of the operation, would see stern action taken if the noise from the horn gets louder than 112 dB.
Kerala seems to be serious on cracking down on the noise pollution menace, with the police also set to act against vehicles using loud horns, and the shops which sell those horns.
Interestingly, Aizawl, Mizoram’s capital, is the nation’s first city with a completely people-driven no-honking policy!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)