SHIMLA, Dec. 4 -- The Himachal Pradesh government has directed the removal of hooters and sirens from all its vehicles.

The general administration department issued the directions two months after the Himachal Pradesh high court asked the government to check the misuse of hooters fitted on vehicles of dignitaries, including ministers and bureaucrats.

Hearing a petition by the bar association representing advocates in the high court, justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary and justice Jyotsana Rewal Dua had given the government four weeks to reply on the use of multi-toned horns being used on vehicles of VIPs.

The petition had come up for hearing on September 24.

The petitioner said that the use of multi-toned horns other than those allowed under...