Beep-la-la 上海禁鳴喇叭


Wed, Jul 11, 2007 - Page 14

Shanghai has banned cars from sounding their horns. But some drivers have thought of new ways to express themselves, the Shanghai Daily has said.

Shanghai started the ban last month. People using car horns can be fined up to 200 yuan (NT$862). Even police cars have been told they can only use their sirens in emergencies.

But some drivers have spent up to 800 yuan (NT$3,440) to make special horns. These horns use music or voice recordings. One taxi driver has a recording of a woman's voice saying, "Please mind the car, we are making a turn.'' Other horns play music, a bit like a ringtone.

But the police say all kinds of horns are banned. "The new rule covers any kind of horn blaring, no matter what it sounds like,'' said traffic police spokesman Sun Guofu.

It is thought that the police will soon start to take action against the new horns, too.