The state's transport department wrote an obituary for the quaint phrase that a generation or two grew up up with, in a circular sent out yesterday. It believes "Horn Ok, Please," is an exhortation to honk, which might quite be how it all began. Something related to "Keep Distance," also a favoured request.
"It encourages people to honk every time you pass a truck or tempo. It sends an extremely wrong message to the people," the circular stated.
"We want to change the driving culture. "Horn OK Please" instigates drivers to honk unnecessarily. Liquor ads are banned so are cigarette ads, this has been done on the same lines. I am hopeful that people will comply," said State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade.
The order also says that there should be no message next to a number plate as that violates the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rules.
The circular has been distributed to regional transport offices and the traffic police for them to start implementing the ban.
In addition they will also have to pay a 100 rupee fine.
So that is "Ok Tata" then to "Horn Ok, Please."
On Twitter, the old favourite is trending, as many mourn its passing (Only in Maharahstra).
Maharashtra govt bans "Horn OK Please" on trucks and tempos because it leads to noise pollution. A massive blow to art as well as signs.- Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 1, 2015
Remove 'Horn Ok Please' from vehicles to stop people from honking??? I mean, remove the vehicles also then..Na rahegi gaadi na bajega horn!- Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) May 1, 2015
After a ban on "Horn Ok Please", Maha Govt should ban "Buri Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala" phrase because it encourages racism!!- Pratik Prasenjit (@pratikprasenjit) May 1, 2015