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  Indian elephants to obey new traffic laws
Updated 28 March 2003, 16.22

India has about 5,000 domesticated elephants
Elephants in the Indian capital of Delhi are having to obey new traffic laws brought in just for them!

As well as carrying goods, the huge mammals are used in the city for marriage and religious ceremonies.

Until now they could move freely on the roads but the new laws had to be introduced after a number of accidents.

There are 48 different types of road users in Delhi including oxen, camels, goats, elephants and cows.

Special reflectors

From now on the police will only allow elephants on the roads during the afternoons and at night when it's a bit quieter.

Elephant owners caught disobeying the new traffic laws could be fined or sent to jail for a month.

And don't worry about the elephants being seen on the roads at night, as they have their own special reflectors which make them more visible to drivers.

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