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The Colombo Municipal Council Public Health Department will enforce a no-tooting-of horns programme today at 8.30 a.m. at the Council Premises.

The Council’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said this was the implementation of a law passed in 2011. He said although this duty does not directly come under his department, they took the initiative to reduce noise pollution in the city.

“The indiscriminate tooting of horns has caused a serious noise pollution issue. If we do not take action it will affect citizens in many ways. Schoolchildren will be unable to study and it will be an issue for tourism as well. If a city is prone to have high levels of noise pollution it can increase anxiety and mental pressure as well. The law on the permitted level of sound in vehicles was passed in 2011 although it was not properly implemented. We will be taking the first step today,” he said.

Dr. Wijayamuni said the Central Environment Authority, the Department of Motor Traffic, the Police Environment Unit and many other groups would participate in today’s programme while ten teams of officials would walk round the city educating drivers on the dangers of noise pollution.

He said they will be specially checking the sound levels in buses and action would be taken if the sound level of the horn was higher than the permitted level.

“Many complaints hve been received on the noise of bus horns. Therefore we will be inspecting the level of sound produced by horns used in buses,” he said. (Chathushika Wijeyesinghe)

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  • Karigalan Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:19 AM

    Good work

    Also stop those who comes in bicycle to sell bakery item with volume tone in the early morning

    Jude Fernando Thursday, 05 June 2014 02:59 AM

    Sri Lanka is moving forward. That is a very good sign.

    Mangala Thursday, 05 June 2014 02:59 AM

    Drivers must get education about proper lane driving and use of indicators instead of hone when changing the lanes.

    mc baz Thursday, 05 June 2014 02:20 PM

    The bus dude was tooting like he had never tooted before HILARIOUS

    GGGHgjgcjghc Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:24 AM

    well said

    Windy Thursday, 05 June 2014 02:54 PM

    The use of horns is not only excessive but has become 2nd nature to most drivers. The warning use of a horn has been lost therefore obsolete. Busses noise levels are ridiculously loud and should be disconnected and confiscated on the spot along with fines. Their exhaust noise levels and emissions need addressing also. Many lights tyres dents and faults on busses (and trishaws) but their horns always work I wont go into the standard and aggression of bus drivers in particular thats a whole different subject. 1 person every 4.5 hours killed in a road accident is one figure I researched. Its unfortunately easy to see why on any street. via DM iPad app

    Suq Madique Thursday, 05 June 2014 03:33 AM

    How about VIP sirens?

    lkboy Thursday, 05 June 2014 05:46 AM

    What about the "Chuun paan" vehicles?

    seatog Thursday, 05 June 2014 05:56 AM

    Good stuff.please stop the lottery notice too....specially the "Saturday fortune"

    Pali Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:34 AM

    Definitely can reduce more than 70% if you can control private buses and educate three wheel drivers.

    Roshan Thursday, 05 June 2014 03:35 AM

    What about Music speakers installed in the Three Wheeler? It is more nuisance the horn.

    Kapil Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:34 AM

    Control the mobile bakery vendors who have become a nuisance all over the country. via DM Android App

    konesaro Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:31 AM

    It is a good decision. Sound pollution is an increasing problem in SriLanka. It should be controlled.

    Ronnie Perera Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:19 AM

    It is also good if the modified silencers in three wheelers are removed as well

    Public Thursday, 05 June 2014 01:29 AM

    Early morning itself it made me got up with the tooting noise.

    Jamba Thursday, 05 June 2014 07:21 AM

    Bakery vendors are poluting every cubic meter of space in Sri Lanka. They earn five rupees selling a bread while our houses drop in value (think about that one!)

    Ravin Thursday, 05 June 2014 01:45 AM

    Start it with the private buses. Bet we can manage to achieve a 50% reduction.

    Hopeful Thursday, 05 June 2014 01:49 AM

    This is a hopeful sign. The cynic in me is itching to say something negative. "Where there is a will, there is a way." Out here in the suburbs, what do I hear as I write? One of those bread three-wheelers!!


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