police    The police will begin a crackdown on vehicles emanating sounds which go beyond the accepted limits, the Environment Ministry said today.

Environment Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the police will impose a fin of not less than Rs. 3000 and not more than Rs. 5000 on vehicles which violate the sound limits.

He also said that equipment, including sound amplification systems will be impounded if they violate the sound regulations on vehicles.

The police will use sophisticated equipment to measure the sound coming from a vehicle during the crackdown which will begin in the city limits.

Premajayantha said that there is a stipulated distance and decibel at which a sound can be heard from a vehicle, even from vehicle horns.

He said that any vehicle found to be sending out a sound which goes beyond two and seven meters and above 105 decibels will be dealt with.

The Minister said that there have been complaints from the public on noise pollution from vehicles on the street. (Colombo Gazette)

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