HC bans horns in posh residential areas at night

HC bans horns in posh residential areas at night

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Dhaka – The High Court on Thursday banned to use horn after 10.00pm and set the 20kmph speed limit at the residential and VIP areas of Dhaka city.The HC bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah came up with the decision during a rule hearing so that sound pollution would not create during the quiet hours at night.
The HC bench also banned the use of horns on roads adjoining schools, colleges and hospitals.
It also asked the government to stop the production of hydraulic horns in Bangladesh.
“Today’s order was a continuation of previous orders on the matter,” the HC bench said adding that it came up with the order to prevent the sound pollution in the city.
The HC bench also directed the home secretary and inspector general of police (IGP) to shut down the factories that produce pneumatic horns.
The HC bench came up with the orders following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a human right body, seeking its directive over the matter.
Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Taposh Kumar Biswash represented the state.
Later Mazill told reporters that the HC bench asked the home affairs secretary and the inspector general of police to issue instructions on the ban, speed limit and production halt to field level employees. The court has instructed that its orders be implemented speedily and has ordered a report on the matter, Manzill added.
On November 5 last, the High Court directed the government to stop the use of hydraulic horns across the country, aiming to mitigate the sound pollution.
On August 23, the court banned the use of hydraulic horns in Dhaka.
Later, on October 8, the transport owners and drivers of Dhaka were given 15 days to deposit the hydraulic horns used in their vehicles to their respective police stations.
According to the 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 – Staff Reporter

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