In India, motorists pay little attention to the rules and regulations until caught by the cops. There are many such rules that the motorists overlook. However, there are many motorists who love to have a loud horn on their vehicles and the first thing that they do after getting a car is to upgrade the stock horn to the aftermarket ones. It should be noted that loud horns like the pressure horns are banned in India as they cause noise pollution. But have you ever come across a vehicle with aftermarket pressure horn? Here is a video of a Mahindra Scorpio with a ‘train horn’ going around on the public road and recording reactions of the people when they hear the extremely loud horn.
The video put up by Sonam Chib on YouTube shows the Scorpio closing up on unsuspecting pedestrians and then blowing out. All the pedestrians in the video can be seen as extremely scared and shocked. The horn installed in the vehicle does not seem like a pressure horn but it sure exceeds the permissible limit of the horn.
You should know that sudden exposure to loud noise, even if it is as low as 65 dB can cause permanent damage to the ears and can also make the person partially deaf. Such loud noises can also increase the heart rate and make people really anxious and can also face anxiety attack. Apart from that, this adds to the overall noise pollution.
This is not the stock horn of the Scorpio. Currently, the laws restrict the loudness of horns to 93 dB to 112 dB. However, even authorities are working to bring down the maximum limit to 100 dB. Horns can be extremely annoying and most people use it without any real purpose. Such loud horns and pressure horns are used by locomotives to announce their positions on the railway tracks and warn anyone who is on it. If used in closed proximity like public roads, such horns can be extremely damaging.
According to the official laws, vehicles with such horns can get seized by the cops. The cops can also take action on the owner of the vehicle who allow such horns to be installed and the person who is driving the car. The first offence is a fine of up to Rs 1,000 but if caught again, the fine can be raised to Rs 2,000. There are still many trucks and buses who use the pressure horns and cops conduct regular checks to ensure that no one is using such horns on the public roads.