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Vehicle owners ordered to turn in hydraulic horns to police in 15 days

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Vehicle owners in Dhaka city using hydraulic horns will have to turn in the devices to police in 15 days, according to a new court order.

A High Court bench passed the order on Sunday after holding a hearing over a report on an earlier petition filed by rights body, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh or HRPB.

The court ordered the police to destroy the hydraulic horns turned in by vehicle owners, said petitioner's counsel Manzill Murshid.

After the initial hearing of the HRPB petition on Aug 23, the court said vehicles using these horns will have to be seized, reports bdnews24.

It had then set a 48-hour deadline for drivers and authorities to stop the use of the horns banned from being imported.

The court then also told authorities to take measures to stop imports and confiscate devices available in the local market within seven days.

During the previous hearing, the court told police to file an update, which was heard on Sunday.

The HRPB petition cited the rampant use of hydraulic horns despite a ban in place in line with the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, and sought an order to confiscate the devices.

Hydraulic horns create a much louder sound than the usual electric horns.

Experts say these horns, one of the prime factors of sound pollution, cause serious problems, especially to children.

At a media briefing on Aug 16, Dhaka Metropolitan Police chief Asaduzzaman Miah said they have managed to curb the use of these devices, but yet to wipe out it completely from the capital.

In the last one year, police have confiscated 10,000 hydraulic horns, according to Commissioner Miah.

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