Laws to regulate vehicle horns’ noise levels on the cards

By Chandani Kirinde

Parliament will next week debate regulations made under the National Environment Act intended to control sound pollution caused by vehicle horns. Noise levels will be measured in terms of sound pressure levels in decibels, using either a sound level meter or any other measuring equipment recommend by the National Environment Authority, according to regulations made by Minister of Environment Anura Priyadharshana Yapa.

The regulations will, however, not apply to ambulances, trains, fire brigade vehicles, police vehicles and vehicles used by the armed forces. Meanwhile, the Minister of Transport has issued a gazette cited as the Motor Traffic (Vehicle Horn) Regulations that will enable the Commissioner-General of Motor Traffic to authorise officers of the Department to carry out tests to ensure that motor vehicles are maintained in such a condition as makes it possible for it to comply with the permissible noise levels.

The regulations will apply to locally manufactured, assembled, fabricated, innovated, adapted or designed in Sri Lanka, as well as those imported into the country. Under the new regulations, the owner or user of a motor vehicle will have to ensure that the person driving such vehicle acts in compliance with the provisions of this regulation.

These regulations are yet to be presented to Parliament for approval.

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