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Police began to check vehicles in Colombo City yesterday for vehicles fitted horns whose loudness exceeded the permitted decibel limit. Within one hour they had detected nine private buses fitted with sirens that are normally used to scare away wild elephants.
 
The vehicles had been tested using instruments that measured the decibel output of sound generators.
 
An officer said  that the purpose of this type of siren was to scare away wild elephants.
 
This programme had commenced with the official declaration of a campaign against sound pollution by Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzzamil .
 
The Colombo Police Traffic Division director Chula De Silva said that deterrent action would be taken against the offenders.(Jayantha Samarakoon)
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  • jdr Friday, 06 June 2014 04:18 AM

    hats off to authorities. this project has to continue.

    best of luck!

    dIREsTRAITS Friday, 06 June 2014 04:34 AM

    [quote name="Fair N Square"]I have personally experienced the siren..got off my car and asked the driver IF he was chasing Elephants away from within the city of Colombo and held him back for like 7-8 mins before I let him go..coz I didnt want to inconvenience other travelers of the bus.. Told the driver, sooner he will have to remove his HORN... it happened like 8 months ago... TY Noise pollution activists..[/quote]

    Hey Batman! Watch out when you take the law onto your own hands. Kpaaw! might be the next ring in your ear. Who the hell do you think you are?

    dIREsTRAITS Friday, 06 June 2014 04:35 AM

    I say it's a govt conspiracy to chase all the UNP supporters away from Colombo

    Buwa Friday, 06 June 2014 02:07 PM

    :DD
    Exactly!
    Nice one! :D

    Chandra Friday, 06 June 2014 02:25 PM

    Mayor Colombo please continue with your excellent work. Forget about the poly tricks! Don't give up half way!

    Wanni Friday, 06 June 2014 07:02 AM

    Many things implimented past but them valid for few weeks nothing continue. via DM Android App

    HambanGoiya Friday, 06 June 2014 01:46 AM

    No other options! give them the first warning. Good work done by the Police for introducing the limitation of Tooting the Horn Sound.

    Public Friday, 06 June 2014 01:47 AM

    Do we Public look like Wild Elephants to some drivers?

    Tony Montana Friday, 06 June 2014 05:31 AM

    There should be a Telephone line to complain ( About Elephant horns )

    Sonali De Silva Friday, 06 June 2014 03:41 PM

    This is not to scare wild elephants but motorists who are in their way when they are racing each other to the next stop.

    Raam Friday, 06 June 2014 07:42 AM

    Good initiative via DM Android App

    saif Friday, 06 June 2014 08:00 AM

    Maybe they were working for the wildlife department

    Windy Friday, 06 June 2014 05:59 AM

    Well done to the authorities and media for bringing this topic into the spotlight. Although many ignored the day of silence, it was indeed quieter and less fraught on my journey home yesterday. Every day should be like this (and better) not just one special day. I don't believe it's the driving skills that need improving, it's the attitude of people once they get behind the wheel. Only public shame and condemnation of this behaviour will reduce this.
    But only 9 busses with infringements? What are the legal decibel levels? At 112 decibels, damage can occur with only one minute of exposure.
    At 140 decibels, immediate nerve damage can occur.

    ikram Friday, 06 June 2014 08:39 AM

    its almost impossible to drive in Sri Lanka with using horns i tried my level best n what i get some Idioooooooot jumping ryt in front of my car looking else where to cross the road... n tuk guys these people should seriously take extra classes for driving via DM Android App

    Suq Madique Friday, 06 June 2014 03:12 AM

    Good work...keep up the campaign.

    Fair N Square Friday, 06 June 2014 03:15 AM

    I have personally experienced the siren..got off my car and asked the driver IF he was chasing Elephants away from within the city of Colombo and held him back for like 7-8 mins before I let him go..coz I didnt want to inconvenience other travelers of the bus.. Told the driver, sooner he will have to remove his HORN... it happened like 8 months ago... TY Noise pollution activists..

    Ani Saturday, 07 June 2014 05:37 AM

    what about the Radio sound inside the buses???

    Oscar Victorious Friday, 06 June 2014 09:01 AM

    This is Good News. via DM Android App

    hicky Friday, 06 June 2014 04:47 PM

    hm... atlast the ears of police has opened for first time to hear the sound of horn. now do something against the sound of music being played inside the bus. via DM Android App

    katie Mackintosh Friday, 06 June 2014 03:59 AM

    [quote name="Raam"]Good initiative via DM Android App[/quote]

    Can you implement this in Dehiwela too. Buses don't stop horning. The junction is so noisy. Dehiwela Police should take steps to stops this.


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