Pick-up trucks are contributing to noise pollution, leading to several problems among commuters
ISLAMABAD: Commuters travelling on the roads of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are familiar with the highly irritating sound produced by the metal rings and balls attached to the back of Suzuki pick-up trucks, primarily used for public and commercial transport. These annoying accessories are widely in use among the drivers of the Rawalpindi region, who believe the sounds their vehicles produce serve as a warning to other vehicles on the roads of their impending approach.
I pity the plight of those who have no option but to travel in these vehicles as it is difficult to bear that nuisance of a noise even while passing by these vehicles. Such vehicles are contributing to noise pollution, leading to hearing problems, health issues and sleeping disorders among commuters. I request the authorities concerned to devise legislation on the matter and put a ban on the use of such ornamental hazards that add to the already existing, extreme noise pollution in our cities.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2015.
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