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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