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Honking is termed as a necessary evil in India. The people who indulge in incessant honking talk lengths about the unacceptable attitudes of pedestrians and other vehicle owners to justify their honking habits. No-one is considerate about the menace of honking and how noise pollution is affecting normal lives in Indian cities. According to this news source, almost 70% of noise pollution in an urban area is caused due to unnecessary honking. The World Health Organization has already categorized noise pollution as a health hazard that increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. There are a number of effective tips, suggestions and technologies that must be adopted and implemented in multiple phases to curb the menace of honking. Some of the things that can significantly improve the urban landscape in terms of noise pollution include: Blanket ban on honking for a week: To understand the impact of honking and make people considerate about this cause, traffic authorities should impose blanket ban on honking in different areas for a specific number of days. Instead of penalizing the offenders, the traffic police should lecture them on the menace of honking and make them feel guilty by sticking witty stickers like ‘I was a fool to honk unnecessarily’. This will help in creating a mindset against honking in a particular area that can be spread over to larger territories through similar techniques. Implementing laws & regulations on permissible sound levels: Though there are a number of laws on permissible sound levels, there should be stricter implementation. Decibel levels must be clearly outlined and effective monitoring should be done with the help of technology. Vehicle manufacturers must join hands with the government to limit the sound level of horns in their vehicles. Awareness drives & punitive measures: Massive awareness campaigns should be conducted in different cities. Social media should be effectively utilized for such campaigns. Also, the sale of pressure horns, air horns and after-market horns that exceed the prescribed sound levels should be completely sealed. People who are found trading such horns should be heavily penalized. Cars should be monitored from time to time and special NPUC (Noise Pollution Under Control) regulation policy should be implemented. Tech-powered solutions: Technology can be effectively utilized to control the menace of honking. YHonk has taken the first step towards curbing honking by employing modern technology through a tech-powered horn control system. By developing a revolutionary sensor and mobile app, YHonk helps in limiting thedaily horn usage by a vehicle owner.   Honking should be curbed and a step should be taken in the right direction. By joining hands with initiatives such as YHonk, you can also show your support towards a honk-free and peaceful India. Know more about YHonk and why honking is a menace at www.yhonk.com.

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