The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is concerned about the levels of noise in the city’s major thoroughfares, particularly EDSA, and is set to impose sanctions on drivers of public transport who unnecessarily honk their horns.
While the MMDA did not elaborate on the measure, it said that the implementation of the new scheme is still under discussion.
In a GMA News report, Dr. Giovanni Tapang of the UP National Institute of Physics recorded the noise level on EDSA at 85 to 90 decibels on Tuesday morning.
While the levels are not high enough to cause permanent damage, officials advised residents living near busy thoroughfares to install sound barriers or walls to reduce noise as it is virtually impossible to totally eliminate it. Prolonged exposure could cause damage to a person’s hearing.