Horn OK Please

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Horn Ok Please sign behind a truck

Horn OK Please or Sound Horn is a phrase commonly painted on commercial vehicles like trucks, buses or local taxis in India.[1][2] The purpose of the phrase is to alert a driver of a vehicle approaching from behind to sound their horn in case they wish to overtake.[3]

On April 30, 2015, the Government of Maharashtra banned the use of "Horn OK Please" on the rear side of commercial vehicles, on the grounds that it encourages motorists to honk unnecessarily and leads to noise pollution. Signage on the rear side of commercial vehicles, such as trucks and tempos, across Maharashtra is a gross violation of Section 134 (1) of the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rules, which deals with signage to be used on the rear and sides of vehicles.[4]

Bal Malkit Singh, a former president of the All India Motor Transport Congress, welcomed the ban stating that the phrase was required in the past when the roads were narrow; on modern wide roads and multi-lane highways, the drivers could use lights and indicators to overtake other vehicles.[5]

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  1. ^ Rajini Vaidyanathan (2013-06-04). "10 things you might not know about India". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  2. ^ Mike Featherstone, N. J. Thrift, John Urry (2005). Automobilities (illustrated ed.). SAGE. ISBN 9781412910897.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ "No more 'Horn Please' in Mumbai". Hindustan Times. Mumbai. 26 March 2014. Retrieved Apr 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Implement 'Horn OK Please' ban properly, say activists". Times of India. May 2, 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Maharashtra government says tata-bye-bye to 'Horn OK Please' on trucks". Economic Times. 2015-05-01.

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