The State Transport Authority (STA), Odisha is planning to conduct a special enforcement drive for the stage/contract carriage to check use of multi-toned pressure horns which are causing noise pollution.
In a letter to presidents and secretaries of all bus and truck owners’ associations in the State, the STA has requested to ask all their members not to use multi toned pressure horn in their vehicles while plying on the roads.
“It is to state that during enforcement it was found that many heavy vehicles are using multi toned pressure horns while plying on the road which creates noise pollution and distracts other drivers and road users,” the STA said.
The STA said as per Rule 119 of CMV Rules, 1989 no motor vehicles shall be fitted with multi toned pressure horn causing unduly harsh and alarming noise.
“Multi toned horn prohibited under the said rules has become a nuisance in the state as it is being rampantly used by most of the buses leading to irritating noise pollution. In this context, it is requested to impress upon all your members to ensure not to use multi toned pressure horn in their vehicles while plying on road,” the STA added.
The authority said it is planning to conduct a special enforcement drive for the stage/contract carriage and strict action will be taken against the vehicles if found plying fitted with multi toned pressure horn causing noise pollution.