Jalandhar, January 3
Despite a ban on the use of pressure horns and sound-emitting devices, truck and bus drivers continue to use pressure horns.
However, to check the practice, the traffic police hold special drives on a regular basis. Last year, as many as 535 vehicles were challaned for using pressure horns, said a traffic police officer.
On a visit to the city bus stand, it can be seen that many private and local buses drivers use pressure horns.
Commuter Rakesh Singh was stuck in traffic and saw that the driver of a private bus driver was continuously honking pressure horn for seeking passage. He said, “Despite norms and special drives conducted by the traffic police to stop the use of pressure horns, the drivers of buses and trucks seem to have failed to understand their hazardous effect on ears.”
“Many buses drivers use pressure horns while passing from nakas set up at BSF Chowk and PAP. Policemen on duty remain mute spectators,” said Kamal Sharda, a resident.
Students Kawal and Amandeep, both residents of Khurla Kingra on the Nakodar highway, said the noise of pressure horns was unbearable. “One feels helpless while bearing such loud noise and gets irritated,” they rued.
ACP (traffic) Harvinder Singh said, “Several buses and trucks were checked in the past. Challans were issued for using pressure horns. The police will continue to hold special drives in the coming days. During a traffic week, cops will put up reflectors on buses and trucks as a precaution in smog.”
“A special checking drive is conducted in every 15 to 20 days by the traffic police. Officials of the PPCB also take part in the drive. Besides challans, fines are imposed on all violators. A number of plastic triumphs placed in the front of the buses, causing noise pollution, were also removed,” he added.
Harvinder Singh said in the past, traffic police officials met traders involved in making pressure horns and asked them to refrain from selling these horns as they cause noise pollution.
“We have also issued a notice to the PPCB and asked them to ban the manufacture of these horns as it will help reduce noise pollution,” he said.
Commuter Rakesh Singh was stuck in traffic and saw that the driver of a private bus driver was continuously honking pressure horn for seeking passage. He said despite norms and special drives conducted by the traffic police to stop the use of pressure horns, the drivers of buses and trucks seemed to have failed to understand their hazardous effect on ears.
Students Kawal and Amandeep, both residents of Khurla Kingra on the Nakodar highway, said the noise of pressure horns was unbearable for them.
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