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95265PATH Article - Drive to keep shrill horns off roads

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    Apr 17, 2014

      *Drive to keep shrill horns off Mumbai roads*

      MUMBAI: Transport commissioner VN More has issued directives to all RTOs to
      initiate a crackdown on the use of ear-splitting horns in the city.

      The three RTOs at Andheri, Wadala and Tardeo have been asked to launch a
      drive to prevent the use of multi-tone horns, especially those that are
      harsh, shrill, loud and make an alarming noise.

      The move comes close on the heels of a directive from the National Green
      Tribunal, which has asked the state authorities to crack the whip when it
      comes to noise offenders on the roads.

      In a circular issued to all RTOs last week, all deputy RTOs have been asked
      to conduct stringent fitness tests on vehicles and check for certificates and
      decibel levels of horns. They have been instructed not to register a new car
      or bike if the horn does not comply with the decibel standards.

      There will also be surprise checks and raids on dealers and sellers of
      multi-tone horns across the city, said sources.

      Though the assigning of RTO officials to election duty and a couple of public
      holidays may hamper the drive temporarily, the authorities have readied the
      flying squads for the campaign.

      "We will begin cracking the whip in the next few days, a deputy RTO said on
      Monday. "Our officials will also make efforts to ensure that the problem is
      nipped in the bud at the vehicle manufacturer level."

      An assistant RTO said some two-wheelers had illegally installed horns similar
      to those in container trucks. "There are also musical horns, reverse horns
      and what are called hooters or trumpets," the official said.


      The RTO plans random checks on cars and two-wheelers. Sources said there were
      plans to procure new decibel meters. More said a such a proposal had been
      made to the government.