Sri Lanka to introduce legislation to control sound pollution

Jan 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka has decided to enact new legislation to control sound pollution for the first time, Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has announced Friday.

According to the Minister, the new legislation will ban motorists using loud horns beyond 105 decibels and those exceeding the limit will be punished.

The new legislation, which has been gazetted under the National Environment Act No 47 of 1980, will be presented in the parliament soon, the Minister said.

This regulation is considered to be very important as it would cover all vehicles in the country numbering around four million, the government says.

Vehicle imports to Sri Lanka in 2010 grew by over 100 percent after the government reduced taxes and over 500,000 vehicles were registered in the country last year alone.

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