Thursday, 10 July 2008

Drivers take a vow to not honk unnecessarily.

Overseas, you can hear the honking of the car only when people are happy, especially during wedding processions or on New Year’s Eve.

But in Mumbai, you can hear the honking for unnecessary reason. They will horn if the traffic is slow, they will horn if they see an animal crossing the road (even though the animal is not in the least bothered and will continue its jay walking) they will even horn at red signals. There is too much noise pollution which adds to the stress.

To curb this noise pollution and preserve the environment, Mumbai Traffic Police has initiated No Honking Movement.

On Wednesday, 9th July, 100 private taxi drivers took an oath to lower the decibel in Mumbai by resolving not to honk unnecessarily. Joint commissioner of Traffic police, Sanjay Barve, presided over the ceremony and pleaded to the volunteering drivers to abandon their habitual honking as the act adversely affected driver’s as well as bystanders’ health.

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