Punjab government on Friday banned the use of multi-toned horns in all vehicles with immediate except those vehicles which are allowed to use such horns under law and directed all the Commissioners of Police and SSPs to initiate action against the erring persons in the form of strict penalties that includes heavy fines, impounding of vehicle and cancellation of driving licence.
Punjab’s Additional DGP Law & Order and Traffic Dinkar Gupta said that these directions have been given in compliance of orders of the Supreme Court of India, December 10, 2013 where directions have been issued to all the owner/users of vehicles fitted with multi-toned horns, other than those allowed to use such horns under Rules 119 (3) of the 1989 Rules or corresponding rules framed by the State Governments and the Administration of the Union Territories, shall remove multi-toned horns within one month i.e. by January 10, 2014.
He further said that the Central Motor Vehicles Act and the Rules framed there under by the Central government have laid down that “no motor vehicle, including agricultural tractor, shall be fitted with any multi-toned horn giving a succession of different notes or with any other sound producing device an unduly harsh, shrill, loud or alarming noise.
He added that only police vehicles, fire brigades and ambulances were permitted under law to use multi-toned horns etc and that also in the course of their duties.