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To control noise pollution:Regional Transport Officers T. Jagannathan (right), T. Rajasekaran (middle) and M. Natarajan (left) inspecting air horns seized during a special drive in the city on Friday.
To control noise pollution:Regional Transport Officers T. Jagannathan (right), T. Rajasekaran (middle) and M. Natarajan (left) inspecting air horns seized during a special drive in the city on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Twenty-six buses found using horns above permitted decibel levels

Coimbatore: The Transport Department officials in association with the City Police and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officers conducted a drive against blaring air horns in the city on Friday.

Following instructions from the District Collector and Regional Transport Authority (RTA), P. Umanath, the Deputy Transport Commissioner, Coimbatore Circle, V. Vijayakumarasamy, directed the Regional Transport Officers M. Natarajan (South), T. Jagannathan (Central), T. Rajasekaran (North) and Motor Vehicle Inspectors to join hands with the TNPCB officials and City Police to conduct the drive against use of air horns at the mofussil bus stand in Gandhipuram. On Friday morning, the officials intercepted 86 buses and found 26 of them using air horns above the permitted decibel levels.

Officials pointed out that the permitted decibel level was only 105 decibels whereas the buses and other heavy vehicles were found to be using higher decibel horns and musical horns. The air horns were removed and penalty was imposed on the offenders. The Motor Vehicle Rule enables imposition of fine ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 1,000 and even action on the bus permit.

The officials have planned to sustain the drive to ensure noise pollution is eradicated on the roads in Coimbatore. From next week, the officials have planned to conduct checks on almost all arterial roads in Coimbatore District.

The Transport Department joined hands with the Vasan Eye Care Hospitals and conducted an eye screening camp for drivers of heavy vehicles at the Kande Goundan Chavadi check post of the Transport Department.

The RTO (South), M. Natarajan said that on Thursday as many as 135 drivers were subjected to screening and of them 51 were diagnosed with defective vision.

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