Terming that noise pollution is posing a serious threat to the health of people, the National Green Tribunal has asked the automobile manufacturers to provide information about the sound level of the vehicle to consumers while selling it.
A bench comprising Justice Sheo Kumar Singh and Siddhanta Das said that only those vehicles that carry valid Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC) issued by the authorised agency are permitted to ply in Maharashtra so as to prevent air pollution due to vehicles.
The tribunal passed this order after hearing a petition filed by advocate Dileep B Nevatia against the violation of The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, caused due to complete neglect and apathy on part of the authorities. The petitioner also said that concerned authorities are neither monitoring the noise levels of constructed vehicles at the manufacturing stage nor they are ensuring compliance of noise limits by these vehicles.
The petitioner also said that concerned authorities are neither monitoring the noise levels of constructed vehicles at the manufacturing stage nor they are ensuring compliance of noise limits by these vehicles.
The green bench also said that information about sound emissions due to the automobile to consumers and public authorities has the potential to influence purchasing decisions and accelerate the transition to a quieter vehicle fleet.
“Accordingly, we hold that the automobile manufacturers should provide information on sound levels of vehicles at the point of sale and in technical promotional material, providing information to the consumers about the sound emissions of a vehicle and also the horns based on Precautionary Principle,” the tribunal said.