Two hundred and eighty five drivers have been held by the Environmental Police Unit of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) during a noise pollution control programme carried out recently, CEA Chairman Lal Dharmasiri said yesterday.
The programme held in collaboration with the Motor Traffic Department aimed at creating awareness on the use of extra vehicle horns.
In total, 338 vehicles have undergone tests during noise pollution control programmes held in Pettah, Galle, Kandy, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura and Ratmalana, he said.
The CEA Chairman stated that the driving licenses of 285 drivers have been seized, and they have been instructed to remove the extra vehicle horns within a given period of time in order to retrieve their licenses.
“It is disturbing and upsetting road users, including pedestrians. Loud horns are a major contributor to noise pollution. The bus drivers are the worst.
According to the law, drivers cannot toot horns with sound levels exceeding 105 decibels within a range of two metres. All the drivers we held exceeded the standard sound levels,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Viraj Friday, 26 February 2016 17:37
Can the environmental authority also I charge the bread sellersdriving a around for noise pollution
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mnsmart Friday, 26 February 2016 17:40
all the busses have horns above the noise limits.
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ANTON Friday, 26 February 2016 18:55
YEAH ....... ACTUALLY THOSE ARE USED TO DRIVE OUT WILD ELEPHANTS AND THE DECIBEL LEVEL OF THIS SOUND IS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS. I WONDER WHY THEY FOUND ONLY 285 BUSES AS ALMOST ALL THE SLCTB BASES USE THIS TYPE OF TRUMPETS.
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Ravi Friday, 26 February 2016 17:53
Bread sellers in tuk tuks, buses and trucks with air-horns, loud music inside packed buses... the count should exceed 285,000 if done seriously.
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isureshp Friday, 26 February 2016 18:40
Please include three wheelers and motor cycles with the mufflers removed or modified to make more noise. Even some of the buses do this.
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