Undeterred by the failure of a previous attempt to ban unnecessary car horn use downtown, the Kunming government launched a month-long campaign yesterday aimed at reducing horn-honking on the city's streets.
A complete ban on non-emergency horn use by motorized vehicles inside Kunming's second ring road has already been in place for nearly two and a half years with the overwhelming majority of drivers ignoring it or unaware that the ban even exists.
Police appear to be aiming for a middle ground with the new campaign, which will run through the end of this month. Drivers will not be punished for non-emergency horn use, but they are limited to three honks in succession, each no longer than half a second in length.
During the campaign, which is focused on major roads and business areas inside the second ring road, drivers will reportedly be given one warning for violating the horn use restrictions and then handed a fine of between 200 and 500 yuan for subsequent violations.
The revival of Kunming's anti-horn campaign suggests the government is acknowledging that noise pollution emanating from the city's streets has become a significant problem.
"There are a lot of cars on the road during the height of rush hour and traffic jams are a perfectly normal thing," a local woman told the Metropolitan Times newspaper.
"But there are some drivers who just start honking wildly as soon as they see a jam ahead of them, which gets all the other drivers honking, too. In the end the entire street is filled with nothing but the sound of horns."© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.