Vehicles banned from blowing horns in Kathmandu from today

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Vehicles plying Kathmandu roads are not allowed to blow horns from the Nepali New Year 2074 that falls on Friday.

The meeting held among the office-bearers of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Department of Transportation Department, Traffic Police and other stakeholders made a decision of banning blowing horns.

The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division has allowed drivers to honk at turnings and emergency cases.

Talking to Setopati, DIG Mingmar Lama said, "Drivers are allowed to blow horns only in two cases- to inform other vehicles at the turnings and at a time when they think blowing horn would help prevent accidents."

He further said that action against those blowing horns except in these two cases will be taken. 

According to him, drivers can be fined up to Rs 500, 1,000 and 1,500 as per the numbers of horn.

The concerned stakeholders suggested prohibiting vehicles from blowing horns, stating that it increases noise pollution. However, ambulance, security personnel, hearse and fire brigades will be allowed to play sirens.

"Generally, sound produced by vehicles has to be 60 decibel in the Valley but it is 95 decibel. Sometimes, it increases up to 110 decibel which is harmful to human beings."

The Traffic Police is also preparing to take action against those who drive motorbikes making loud sound.

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