Video: Sounds of Silence in Colombo on June 5

26 May 2014 06:45 pm - 35     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) had decided to ban the tooting of vehicle horns on Thursday, June 5 which coincides with World Environment Day, as an initial step to reduce sound pollution in the Colombo city.

CMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said the decibels of sound levels that vehicle horns make would also be inspected on Environment Day when they travel through Colombo.

He said this was the first awareness programme in the city to alert drivers about sound pollution.

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the Department of Motor Traffic, the Traffic Police and several other state institutions will collaborate with the CMC in initiating this project. (Jayantha Samarakoon)

  Comments - 35

  • Horny Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:57 AM

    I want to this happening. Horns and horny drivers silent for a day. via DM iPad app

    Public Tuesday, 27 May 2014 02:35 AM

    Well, if violated! what the CMC is gonna do? Drivers of Sri Lanka ignore all or most of traffic rules and even meet RTA, will they listen to this simple request?

    black man Wednesday, 28 May 2014 05:37 AM

    Its going to be impossible to ride my bike around 3 wheels without tooting because of their sudden no signal no warning turns

    Mason Tuesday, 27 May 2014 05:47 AM

    The politicians being silent would be a better contribution to pollution.

    appi wenuwen appi Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:13 AM

    sounds good...

    southpaw Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:17 AM

    Can we have a Day where no Political Motorcade runs thorugh our streets !

    Ranil Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:48 AM

    Can Police sue these drivers ? Private bus drivers are the main offenders . If Police cn control them, Colombo will become peaceful city.

    James Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:21 AM

    This might work in other countries where people follow road rules and other driver's behavior is predictable. In countries like SL you just cant trust what the other person's going to do and I've noticed people use the horn to sometimes warn that they're there and to warn maybe the pedestrians not to jump on to the road or warn a bicycle/trishaw that's trying to just creep through. Smart move?

    N J Karunathilake Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:58 AM

    what about the sounds emanating from Buddhist temples and mosques? They are far worse!

    Chammika Perera Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:59 AM

    I would suggest this to the Central Environment Authority (CEA) and the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) to implement this practice everyday other that the 05th June 2014. Hope then the public and the relevant authorities could observe the discipline of the drivers in Sri Lanka. DMT should be alert in this exercise until such time. Penalties and fines could be made to the drivers who disobey the rules and regulations made by such acts.

    riyaz Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:24 AM

    very good i was waiting for some thing like this one more thing if we could stop these buses increasing there silencer noise this is also a mess

    Rubert Vanderkoon Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:40 AM

    Just Colombo is enough, is it?

    All ways on earth Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:28 AM

    If you own a vehicle you'll will understand how hard to drive in srilanka , if we are a VIP then no problem in banning the horn

    suresh Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:31 AM

    looks like all the VIP's will be at home on the 5th as they wont be going around town coz they cant use there big sirens

    Shukri MIM Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:39 AM

    Really its brilliant decision by MCC hats of the official
    Wonderful action of the era

    Bernard Wijeyasingha Monday, 26 May 2014 07:21 PM

    Great idea but.. when I visited Sri Lanka I noticed that the Colombo drivers used the horn to "communicate" in a topsy turvy system of driving. Without that mode of communication I predict there would be an increase of collisions.

    jaya Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:03 AM


    sk Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:54 AM

    A very good idea. Should be implemented forever for the benefit of all. ( What about the trains :-D )

    G.M. Jayawardena Monday, 26 May 2014 08:14 PM

    Please also ban the use of loud speakers. The communities should perform their their religious activities without the disturbing their neighbours

    Nims Monday, 26 May 2014 08:35 PM

    This is just a joke. If these guys are truly interested about noise pollution they should ban all air horns use by private busses and other vehicles. We can hear them tooting even at 3am.

    PanMama Monday, 26 May 2014 08:48 PM

    The use of the horn in Sri Lanka is very primitive. The horn is used in Sri Lanka to get traffic out of the way and get his vehicle moving. This applies to buses, vehicles carrying so called VIP, ambulances etc. There are some bus drivers who even use to horn to draw the attention of people walking on the streets. It is a neusence and should be stopped permanently and not for just one day.

    Suny J fm Melbourne Monday, 26 May 2014 10:00 PM

    A good move....not just one day make this to a reality...the worst offenders are the bus drivers and three wheel drivers...

    Rohan Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:36 AM

    This is another great initiative. Colombo city will not be the same. via DM Android App

    Concerned Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:31 AM

    This will not be a reality in Colombo unless CMS disconnects wires from the horns of all vehicles for a day!

    pollutant Tuesday, 27 May 2014 05:12 AM

    Urrrrm.... Sound pollution Seriously How about dont drive to work use public transport if you really care about the Environment (Bit extreme I know But still)Whats the police going to do Fine ppl ppl who toot the horn Id like to see the entire police force out on the road trying to fine ppl who honk thur horns on this day

    Jay Pathbey Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:26 AM

    A very good idea that must be implemented from June 5th for ever.

    All vehicles, temples, churches and mosques should stop making noises 24 hours a day.

    Mohamed nazeer Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:28 AM

    Busses are the the worst culprit.Why not introduce throughout the cities permanently.

    Gama Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:24 AM

    Yeah agreed. ALL religious places should stop using loud speakers. If they care about sound pollution they should stop it themselves. via DM Android App

    jude Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:27 AM

    In SL drivers can't drive without Tooting the Horn!!!!

    Campos Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:04 AM

    [quote name="Shukri MIM"]Really its brilliant decision by MCC hats of the official
    Wonderful action of the era[/quote]
    Yes, good decision, but only symbolic.

    N. Bandara Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:54 AM

    Not practical at all. Just a show! Better get the loudspeakers off at night without media hype!

    sam Tuesday, 27 May 2014 05:43 PM

    If can do this continue . Its much better . via DM iPad app

    Mark Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:59 AM

    Please Ban all Vehicles like Bikes, Trishaws, Buses and Cars using modified silencers and mufflers to emit unnecessary noises..

    vasanthie Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:28 AM

    Agree fully

    Ranjith Su Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:28 AM

    CRAZY..CRAZY.. Advice to Bus drivers to not to use horn to call passengers to his bus Authority should concern WHY & WHEN these drivers use horn. via DM Android App

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