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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Should there be a legal limit on nighttime noise?

I am glad the government is considering measures to control the noise levels at night. I recommend that our government play a more active role in curbing the sound level of vehicles.
We sometimes find that some cars and motorcycles with high-powered engines are roaring, scaring us to death. They produce loud noise in a bid to attract others to admire their cars. Obviously, high-powered engines are unnecessary because of low speed limits in Hong Kong, and so is the noise. The government should take a tight grip on the horsepower level as well as annoying sound.
The bigger the vehicle, the larger the engine and the louder the noise it produces. Double-deckers produce the biggest sound but, at the same time, transport the greatest number of passengers in the street. They bring a lot of convenience to us. Nevertheless, at night there are too many double-deckers. I often take overnight bus N293, whose seats are often one-fifth full. I suggest the government take measures to restrict the number of double-deckers at night and encourage the use of single-decker buses.
High noise levels at night really affect the quality of our sleep, which then affects our work. Reducing noise levels could at least bring healthier and happier faces to our employers and our families.
Alfred Cheung, Tseung Kwan O
P.S. : My opinions were posted on SCMP.com’ s Talkback on August 3, 2006