HC asks govt to stop use of hydraulic horns in 48 hours

High Court

Hydraulic horns are on display at the retail market of motor parts at Dholaikhal in Old Dhaka on the day when High Court banned its use on Wednesday.– Ali Hossain Mintu

The High Court on Wednesday asked the inspector general of police and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s chairman to stop use of hydraulic horns in the capital city to prevent sound pollution, within in 48 hours.

The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah also directed the authorities to submit compliance about stopping use of hydraulic horns within two weeks.

The court asked the authorities to stop import of hydraulic horns and seize such horns from the markets within seven days and report compliance within four weeks.

The court came up with the directives after hearing a writ petition filed by rights organisation Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh challenging the use of hydraulic horns which was creating public nuisance.

According to writ petition, any machine which causes sound pollution cannot be used as per Motors Vehicles Ordinance. But violating the act, different vehicles are using hydraulic horns.

Source: New Age