Modes of Transportation - In an Automobile

Sound Warning Devices: Horns and Remote Locking

Use your horn or remote locking device only when necessary, because the noise they produce can be a nuisance. Excessive honking could result in a fine.

Horns: mandatory on all new vehicles sold in Canada

Transport Canada requires all new vehicles sold in Canada to have a working horn. However, in accordance with the Highway Safety Code, horns should be used only when necessary.

Excessive honking

You should avoid honking to express your impatience during a traffic jam, and not just because it is rude.

A peace officer could give you a fine of up to $281 if you honk your horn for no good reason.

Remote keyless locking systems

Remote keyless locking systems make noises that are generally less annoying than the sound of a horn.

However, you should restrict their use, to avoid annoying neighbours or startling pedestrians and cyclists.

How to reduce or avoid confirmation “beeps”

  • Press the remote only once to lock the vehicle's doors and flash the lights. This will avoid sounding the signal that confirms that the doors are locked.
  • When getting out of your car, press on the door's lock button instead of using the remote.
  • Use your key regularly to keep your lock in good working order and the key from getting stuck. In addition, you'll avoid annoying your neighbours with the sound of your remote locking system.

Deactivating the sound warning device

It is usually possible to deactivate the sound warning device. Check your vehicle owner's manual or contact your vehicle dealership to find out how to do so.

You can always reactivate this function if you need to.