Please No Horn - India Campaign

no horn please
An effort to bring better driving, road culture, "Please No Horn" Indian roads


Introduction:-

“Please No Horn” campaign:- 

“Noiseless Indian Roads”  
“Awaz na bharathki raastha” (
आवाजनाभारत)
“Sathamillatha Saalai” (
சத்தமில்லாதசாலை


The issue of nuisance on the Indian roads, the unnecessary horning everyone are aware about. Yes, the nuisance by doing it often & unnecessarily. We buy luxury cars, wants to live western life style, but we fail to follow the standards and basics of road ethics, ethics & rules followed by the developed nation citizens? Is it because we don’t have a law and rules?

Even if no law, Couldn’t we use our normal sense? Horn is an unrespect, give respect to other human being.

The need of the hour is to set right the behaviors on the Indian roads,  a needed massive public campaign, educate everyone on the road , roads ethics, no horn policy to be adopted by citizens, we can do it even before the laws are enacted.

Problem:-
India is developing to the pace of developed nation status, a country with culture, but with lack of administrative efficiency and the system. We need to give some focused attention to match the superior administrative systems from around the world, grasp good system models from different countries, effective and efficient policies. Example the United Kingdom government policies and their laws related to the housing, public administration and community improvement.

Every Indian shouldn’t be  surprised to know that, though the cars and motorbikes have horn in the developed nation like in the United Kingdom, nobody uses the horn ever, except in danger situations or may be once in year to test the horn!.  Certainly, they never use that in the daily life ever.  It is not just a theory or it is just in printed books, it is practiced by everyone, even in their sleep.

The only fact of difference between our Indian roads and the roads in United Kingdom is that, we are not using senses to understand the nuisance that honking levels created every second today, at least 100 times per vehicle.


The real problem, responsible & solution,
Yes, there are many justifications, like  why “Horn Ok Please“, “Horn Please” and  people do horn regularly to avoid from accidents.

The real problems are

-          Pedestrians doesn’t have dedicated pedestrian walk.

-          Pedestrians cross the roads wherever they think.

-          Population is high.

-          Vehicle going before, doesn’t give  you a way.

-          Vehicle going before, is very slow.

-          Driver is having habit of horn for no reason.

-          No automated pedestrian crossing signal.

-          There are no lane markings.

-          There are no lane following system.

-          There is no attitude to give way to pedestrians by stopping a while.

-          If we don’t horn, accident can happen?

-          Because the car comes with a horn.

-          Because different sound horn are available?

-          Pedestrian signals don’t have vehicle population tracking and accordingly no automate. pedestrian crossing signal.

-          Shortage of lanes in highways.

-          Turning, blind curve roads.

Who is responsible?

-          The citizen who uses the horn unnecessarily

-          The driver who don’t respect others on the road

-          Pedestrians crossing carelessly

-          The Highways department

-          City Corporation

-          Traffic Police & Signal department

-          Law department

-          Road Transport Department

-          Motor Vehicle department and driving rules.

-          Driving schools not teaching about unnecessary horn

Solution

-          Start reducing number of horning per day

-          Create a culture while issuing licenses

-          Teach students the necessity for horns & it is also a nuisance

-          Place no horn boards on residential areas

-          Vehicle sellers promoting as corporate social responsibility

-          Media(News , Radio, TV) Promoting news and sponsoring

-          Corporate placing free ad with no horn sign boards.

-          You and me stop horning from today

-          Amend the Highway department laws

-          It is nothing to do with Pollution Control Board; it is a road behaviour of the vehicle.

It is psychological:
Arguments would say if no horn then accidents would increase, absolutely not. I think most accidents happen, because drivers using horn drive carelessly, they think they are the father of the road.  It is proportionate, if everyone stops doing horn, the driving alertness will increase and there would be reciprocal signaling through hands and we can really see the Indian roads with not much horn pollution but human interactions.

Legal support:
The following information may give some in depth to the road nuisance that is well eliminated by the regulations of the UK Government and Highway Department Rules.

For example, the Government of UK, Driving & Transport Department has implemented a Highway code.  The Highway Code, describes that Rules (103- 158) [1] about the “General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders”. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Section 99. [2]

Conclusion :

I am sure, many ministers and educated  Indian Citizens have visited the developed countries, even would have been blaming about, written articles or  blogged about it. But this time, When Swachh Bharat is happening, we can also do “Please No Horn/ Awaz na Bharath/ Shanti Rastha” campaign. Yes, when British & Westerners can do, why cannot we Indians?

Stop horning today, change Indian roads, earlier than the law regulations & rules[3]. Let’s show we are better like a developed country and have developed good road experience in India.


About the Author:

Devarajan G is a post graduate student in Law, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.  He hails from Ambharishapuram Village,  Arakkonam, Vellore District, Tamilnadu. He is also a managing trustee of M/S. Saraswathi Foundation for Promoting Education and Environment, which promotes environmental, moral & ethics education. http://www.sarasedentrust.org

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Bibliography

 1 Highway code  https://www.gov.uk/general-rules-all-drivers-riders-103-to-158/other-stopping-procedures-107-to-112 accessed on 20 October 2014

112 The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn

·         while stationary on the road

·         when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am except when another road user poses a danger.

2 Legislation of Government of UK, The Road vehicles (Construction and use) Regulations 1986 <http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/99/made>accessed on 20 October 2014

“99.  (1)  Subject to the following paragraphs, no person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded, any horn, gong, bell or siren fitted to or carried on a vehicle which is—

(a)stationary on a road, at any time, other than at times of danger due to another moving vehicle on or near the road; or

(b)in motion on a restricted road, between 23.30 hours and 07.00 hours in the following morning.

(2) The provisions of paragraph (1)(a) do not apply in respect of the sounding of a reversing alarm when the vehicle to which it is fitted is about to move backwards and its engine is running.

(3) No person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded, on a road any reversing alarm fitted to a vehicle—

(a)unless the vehicle is a goods vehicle which has a maximum gross weight not less than 2000 kg, a bus, engineering plant, or a works truck; or

(b)if the sound of the alarm is likely to be confused with a sound emitted in the operation of a pedestrian crossing established, or having effect as if established, under Part III of the 1984 Act.

(4) Subject to the provisions of the following paragraphs, no person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded a gong, bell, siren or two-tone horn, fitted to or otherwise carried on a vehicle (whether it is stationary or not).

(5) Nothing in paragraph (1) or (4) shall prevent the sounding of—

(a)an instrument or apparatus fitted to, or otherwise carried on, a vehicle at a time when the vehicle is being used for one of the purposes specified in regulation 37(5) and it is necessary or desirable to do so either to indicate to other road users the urgency of the purposes for which the vehicle is being used, or to warn other road users of the presence of the vehicle on the road; or

(b)a horn (not being a two-tone horn), bell, gong or siren—

(i)to raise alarm as to the theft or attempted theft of the vehicle or its contents; or

(ii)in the case of a bus, to summon help for the driver, the conductor or an inspector.

(6) Subject to the provisions of section 62 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (1) and (4) above, a person may, between 12.00 hours and 19.00 hours, sound or cause or permit to be sounded an instrument or apparatus, other than a two-tone horn, fitted to or otherwise carried on a vehicle, being an instrument or apparatus designed to emit a sound for the purpose of informing members of the public that the vehicle is conveying goods for sale, if, when the apparatus or instrument is sounded, it is sounded only for that purpose.

(7) For the purposes of this regulation the expressions which are referred to in regulation 37(10) have the meanings there given to them and the expression “restricted road” in paragraph (1) means a road which is a restricted road for the purpose of section 81 of the 1984 Act”

 

3) Our Indian Motor Vehicle Act says under  THE CENTRAL MOTOR VEHICLES RULES, 1989< http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/Cmvr1989.pdf > accessed on 20 October 2014

 119. “Horns.—(1) 307[On and after expiry of one year from the date of commencement of  the Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 1999, 308[every motor vehicle,  agricultural tractor, power tiller and construction equipment vehicle] manufactured shall  be fitted with an electric horn or other devices conforming to the requirements of IS:  1884—1992, specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards] for use by the driver of the  vehicle and capable of giving audible and sufficient warning of the approach or position  of the vehicle:

309[Provided that on and from 1st January, 2003, the 310[horn installation requirements for  motor vehicle] shall be as per 311[AIS-014] specifications, as may be amended from time to time, till such time as corresponding Bureau of Indian Standards specifications are notified.]

(2) No 312[motor vehicle including agricultural tractor] shall be fitted with any multi-toned

horn giving a succession of different notes or with any other sound-producing device giving an unduly harsh, shrill, loud or alarming noise.

(3) Nothing contained in sub-rule (2) shall prevent the use on vehicles used as ambulance or for fire fighting or salvage purposes or on vehicles 313[used by police  officers or operators of construction equipment vehicles or officers of the Motor Vehicles  Department] 314[in the course or their duties or on construction equipment vehicles,] of such sound signals as may be approved by the registering authority in whose jurisdiction  such vehicles are kept.”           

 

 



[2] Legislation of Government of UK, The Road vehicles (Construction and use) Regulations 1986 <http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/99/made>accessed on 20 October 2014

[3] Vide G.S.R. 590 (E), dated 2-6-1989, published in the Gazelle of India, Ext., Pi. II, S. 3,

dated 2-6-1989. < http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/Cmvr1989.pdf > accessed on 20 October 2014