India is a country where motorists love to use the horn in every kind of situation. The idea of having the loudest horn in a car or two-wheeler is very dominant, especially in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities where the cops do not pay much of heed to such details. There are rules against the installation of aftermarket horns that exceed the sound limit but still, there are many out in the open who have installed such horns and use it regularly on the public roads. Here is a video of Mahindra Scorpio with “train horn” going around on the roads and using it on unsuspecting pedestrians while recording their reactions. This is the reason why such loud horns are banned.
The video by Sonam Chib shows the recording done from inside a car while going around the town trying to record the reaction of the pedestrians. The horn is installed in a Mahindra Scorpio but there are no details about the owner of the vehicle. He used the horn several times on the roads and unsuspecting pedestrians were visibly scared and stressed out due to the sudden loud noise. Many of them also looked shocked while the video shows that everyone inside the car was smiling and laughing due to the reactions.
Such pressure horns are banned in India and even though many heavy vehicles like trucks and buses use them, cops do stop them seize their horns. It should be noted that all the horns installed by the manufacturers should be between 93 dB and 112 dB when it comes to loudness. However, in the future, the level will come to less than 100 dB as the authorities are working on the new laws to control noise pollution.
Continuous use of horns and listening to loud horns can damage your eardrums and can make you deaf permanently. Also, listening to the horn noises can make you stressed and cause anxiety attacks. Such loud horns are used in locomotives to announce their arrival. Also, a lot of expedition vehicles use such a loud horn to allow other people to locate them, in case they lose the way.
According to the laws, any vehicle with such loud pressure horn can be seized by the cops. There is also a provision of taking action on the owner of a vehicle who allows such horns to be installed on their vehicles. If caught, the first offence fine can be up to Rs 1,000 and the second offence fine can be up to Rs 2,000. There have been police check-posts set-up specifically for checking the horn of the vehicles in the past and we do hope that such check-posts are set-up regularly on the roads.