All steps were being taken to curb noise pollution caused by high-decibel air horns used by vehicles in the State, the Transport Commissioner submitted before the National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench on Friday.

The Bench comprising its members Justice M. Chockalingam and Prof. R. Nagendran took suo motu cognisance of a matter after receiving a letter from one A.M. Joseph to ban the use of high decibel air horns and ordered notices to the State Transport Commissioner and Chennai City Police Commissioner to file their replies.

When the matter came up before the Bench, Counsel M.R. Gokulakrishnan filed the counter affidavit of Transport Commissioner T. Prabhakar Rao listing the steps taken to prevent the use of high decibel air-horns.

In his counter affidavit, Dr. Rao said with the help of field officers, action had been taken for removing such horns fitted in vehicles in and around Chennai, as well as elsewhere in the State.

Pursuant to the notice received from the Tribunal in the present application, the Transport Commissioner also had issued a circular dated last January 8 to Zonal Officers, Regional Transport Officers and Motor Vehicles Inspectors in unit offices across the State to check the use of high decibel air horn in motor vehicles and to take necessary strict action as per circulars already issued in the year 1992 and 1995.

From January 8 to 31, the field officers in all the 11 zones found 1,235 numbers of vehicles plying with high decibel air horns and these were removed from the vehicles. Fine was imposed on the owners. “All steps are being taken to create awareness in this regard. It is proposed to have random checks on regular basis and to be followed with strict action against the defaulters.”

The matter was adjourned for further hearing on next month.

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