Frustrated of Slow Moving Traffic? Follow these tips to stop yourself from honking

Living in urban areas can suck, at times. Despite the convenience and modernity that these places reflect, no one can deny the frustration urban roads can cause in daily lives because of never ending traffic. If you are constantly thinking about your commute times during the day and get frustrated easily because of slow moving traffic, follow these tips to become a patient driver and give up your honking habit.

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Mumbai takes up a Horn Vrat to curb Honking Menace

Non-governmental organization (NGO) Awaaz Foundation, along with the state’s transport department, Mumbai police and hundreds of Mumbaiites launched the ‘HornVrat’ campaign.

In an effort to curb incessant honking, anti-noise campaigners on Saturday gathered at the Gateway of India to launch an anti-honking drive. Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Awaaz Foundation, along with the state’s transport department, Mumbai police and hundreds of Mumbaiites launched the ‘HornVrat’ campaign and pledged for a quieter city.

Awaaz Foundation claims that the city honks a whopping 18 million times an hour. “According to data from the transport department, there are currently 3 million vehicles in the city. Based on the traffic snarls and consultations with the transport department, we found that a Mumbai driver honks at least six times an hour,” Sumaira Abdulali, convener of the Foundation said.

As a part of the campaign, the NGO has roped in thousands of auto-rickshaw drivers who are most exposed to high noise level as the vehicle is open from three sides.

To reduce the menace of honking, a moving installation of a rickshaw fitted with horns was unveiled at the event. From Monday, rickshaw drivers from across the city volunteered to use the installation to spread awareness.

Thambi Kurien from the Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union said: “Most of our members are suffering from hearing problems. We will spread this initiative to cinema halls and CNG stations too.” Manoj Saunik, principal secretary, state transport department, who runs the “No Honking” campaign, said, “We need similar initiatives in the city to control this menace.”

As reported by Hindustan Times

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Chandigarh residents flaunt ‘no honking’ stickers on social media

Gurjusjit Singh‏ has uploaded a picture of him on his Twitter handle, showing a sticker on the steering wheel of his car. The picture is captioned, “Proudly take this pledge that “I will not honk”. Hope our neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana follow suit.” Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP, traffic) has also been tagged in the tweet.

Gurjusjit is among the myriad residents who have taken to their social media handles in response to SSP (traffic) Shashank Anand’s appeal to the residents to paste the “I will not honk” sticker on their steering wheels and upload their pictures to spread awareness among relatives and friends.

The SSP, who is behind the 45-day campaign “Make Chandigarh Honk Free”, had taken to Twitter on January 2, announcing his pledge for “no honking” and was the first one to take such a pledge. On January 24, the “I will not honk” stickers were made available free-of-cost at Children Traffic Park, Sector 23.

In the last five days, Chandigarh traffic police have distributed the stickers to over 1,000 motorists and the campaign has been receiving great response from residents. The traffic police aim to distribute 5,000 stickers during the campaign.

Chandigarh traffic police are replicating Kathmandu traffic police’s concept of honk-free roads. The Kathmandu police started imposing fines for honking in April 2017, and by December 2017, the police had managed to check honking.

Enforcement for modified vehicles also: Residents

Pledging not to honk, the residents also took to Twitter to ask the traffic police to come down heavily on modified vehicles as well as buses.

“School buses use horns of very high volume. They should also be advised not to use horns unnecessarily,” suggested Harinder Singh Marwaha to Chandigarh traffic police on his Twitter handle.

Plan after the campaign 

After the 45-day campaign, the Chandigarh traffic police will begin challaning people for excessive and unnecessary blowing of vehicle horns. For proper enforcement, traffic police personnel have been equipped with body-fitted cameras that will record the violation, after which the offender will be booked under Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and will be fined ₹1,000. The entire process of challaning will be carried out in the presence of a traffic marshal. No challan will be issued in case traffic marshal is not present at the spot.

(The news coverage originally appeared in Hindustan Times)

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