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Loud music, video banned in subway

A NEW regulation banning the use of loudspeakers on the city’s Metro came into force yesterday.

Passengers watching videos and listening to music has been a source of annoyance for other passengers for some time.

“Now I feel I am supported by the government,” a 35-year-old man surnamed Zhang said on Metro Line 8. “I had to endure such uncivilized behavior before but now I can point it out without inhibition.”

Metro staff will issue warnings to anyone breaking the rules on the subway and in stations, an official at the Lujiabang Road station said.

“Those who refuse to correct their act will be turned over to police,” said Cao Zhenghui, a member of the local rail transit law enforcement personnel.

As of 1pm, 19 people had been stopped and all had accepted criticism, according to Shanghai Metro.

“I didn’t know about the regulation,” said a 74-year-old woman who had been watching videos on Metro Line 8 with the sound turned up. “I suffer from poor hearing. I will bring earphones next time.”

But some people thought it would be hard to change such behavior without a fine.

“The cost of breaking the regulation is low so people may be unconcerned about it and do it again,” a man surnamed Zhao, 39, said. “I hope the government can introduce a strict law in the near future.”

Cao said passengers can call the 64370000 hotline if they find someone using a loudspeaker or other bad behavior in carriages, such as eating or not wearing the mask. Law enforcers or staff will be at the scene as soon as possible.

Other Metro regulations also came into force yesterday.

Passengers cannot now bring bicycles and folding bicycles, or use equipment such as balance bikes, skateboards and skates into Metro stations. Passengers also cannot have items that have a strong bad smell or inflated balloons.

Due to the second-child policy introduced in 2015, a Metro regulation that a child shorter than 1.3 meters can accompany an adult for free has been changed to two children.


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