Mumbai Puts Moratium on Honking

April 8, 2008
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Silence your horns, gentlemen. Well, only if you’re in Mumbai that is. The crowded Indian city has 1.5 million vehicles with bicycles, rickshaws, dogs, cows, and elephants, making the noise level in the streets pretty high on a day-to-day basis. Add a couple hundred blaring horns, and the streets can be a racket.

To stop the “noise pollution” (sorry AC/DC, but rock 'n roll would only worsen this matter) the Mumbai residents took part yesterday in a “no honking day” along with World Health Day, with hope that people would recognize the effects noise pollution has on health.

The Mumbai police planned a team of 2,000 volunteers to help enforce the no-honking rule. The volunteers were to hold signs reminding drivers of the honk-less day, and police were to control the “novelty horns.” We don't know how it all turned out, but what do you think? Should there be a no-honking ban in your city? Tell us in a comment below.

Motor Authority, via Winding Road

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