Bhubaneswar: In a bid to curb noise pollution, the State Transport Authority (STA) has planned to act tough on heavy vehicles plying on roads fitted with multi-toned pressure horns.
“State Transport Authority 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 horns causing noise pollution,” said STA in a letter addressed to the presidents and secretaries of All Odisha Bus Owners Association and All Odisha Truck Owners Federation.
The STA has cited that during enforcement it has been found that many heavy vehicles are using multi-toned pressure horns while plying on the road which is creating noise pollution and distracting other drivers and road users.
The STA has further pointed out that as per Rule 119 of CMV Rules, no motor vehicles shall be fitted with multi-toned pressure horns 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 horns in their vehicles while plying on road,” the letter clarified.