No more ‘Horn Ok Please’!


Mumbai: Huge trucks plying on the highways brandishing ‘Horn OK Please’ is as common on Indian roads as a cow munching in a leisurely way at the city roads. But Maharashtra government’s decision might erase the scene from the state’s highways.

Maharashtra transport commissioner Mahesh Zagade on Thursday issued a circular banning the use of the phrase “Horn Ok Please” on the rear side of commercial vehicles, such as trucks and tempos, across Maharashtra.

“But it gives licence to motorists to honk unnecessarily and there have been numerous complaints of excessive honking in silence zones such as near hospitals, schools and colleges. We have, therefore, decided to impose a ban on the use of this phrase,” said a senior official from the transport commissioner’s office, adding that it will also help reduce noise pollution.