At least 185 motorists were penalised for unnecessary honking on the first day of the 10-day awareness drive in Mumbai. The Mumbai traffic police are undertaking the drive to increase awareness about noise pollution and to urge motorists not to honk in silent zones.
Traffic police sources said most number of cases were registered in south and central Mumbai. The campaign began on Thursday and went on until late night. During the drive, the police have collected more than Rs 90,000 in penalties.
Until June this year, the city’s traffic police department registered 3,683 cases of excessive honking. Last year, the department penalised 8,167 motorists for honking in silent zones, using pressure horns or musical horns.
Motorists honking unnecessarily are penalised under section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act. The penalty for the offence is Rs500.