Misuse of Horns in Silence Zones
A silence zone is an area of at least 100 metres around hospitals, religious institutions, educational institutions and courts1. Please note that any area can be declared as a silence zone by a State government if it deems it fit.
|State||Frequency of Offence||Fine Amount (In INR)|
|Any subsequent offence||2,000|
|Karnataka||2 or 3 Wheelers||500|
Misuse of Horns on Roads and Residential Areas
You can be punished if you do any of the following acts:
- Sounding the horn needlessly or continuously in a manner which is more than necessary to ensure your or others’ safety4
- Sounding the horn during night time (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) in residential areas 5
- Sounding a multi-toned horn that gives an unduly harsh, shrill, loud or alarming noise6.
The applicable fine amount might vary across states. Given below are the fine amounts for two states:
|State||Fine Amount (In INR)|
|Delhi||500 – 1,000|
|Karnataka||500 – 1,000|
- Schedule, The Noise Pollution Rules, 2000.
- Section 5A, The Noise Pollution Rules, 2000.
- Section 194F(a)(ii), The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 194F(a)(i), The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 5A(1), The Noise Pollution Rules, 2000.
- Section 119(2), Central Motor Vehicles Rules,1989.