Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: The officials from the Transport Department joined hands with the City Police and conducted a drive against use of blaring air horns in heavy vehicles, especially buses.

Following instructions from the Collector and Regional Transport Authority 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 Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials and the City Police to conduct the drive against use of air horns at the mofussil bus stand at Gandhipuram.

Buses intercepted

On Friday morning, the officials intercepted 86 buses and found 26 of them using air horns over and 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 heavy decibel 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 was eradicated on the roads in Coimbatore and beginning next week, the officials have planned to conduct checks on almost all arterial roads in Coimbatore district.

Eye camp

The Transport Department joined hands with the Vasan Eye Care Hospitals and conducted a eye screening camp for drivers of heavy vehicles at the Kande Gounden Chavadi checkpost of the Transport Department.

Regional Transport Officer (South) M. Natarajan said that as many as 135 drivers were subjected to eye screening and 51 of them were found to be having defective vision.