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Roadside noise cameras to help catch and fine drivers in excessively loud cars

Grant Shapps has declared he desires to “banish the boy racer” as he introduced plans to deploy noise cameras to catch “rowdy drivers”.

The transport secretary has invited MPs to enter a contest to discover the noisiest streets in England and Wales amid considerations in regards to the influence on residents from motorists revving engines and utilizing unlawful exhausts.

Four areas might be chosen to participate in a £300,000 trial of revolutionary noise cameras.

Police have the ability to fine drivers who flout noise guidelines, however battle to collect proof.

The cameras can robotically detect when autos are breaking authorized noise necessities. They might be ready to present real-time stories to police, which might consequence in extra focused enforcement.

Preliminary testing confirmed the expertise can determine particular person autos in sure circumstances and assign noise ranges to them.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps


Mr Shapps stated: “We want those in Britain’s noisiest streets, who are kept up at night by unbearable revving engines and noisy exhausts, to come forward with the help of volunteer areas to test and perfect the latest innovative technology.

“For too long, rowdy drivers have been able to get away with disturbing our communities with illegal noisy vehicles.

“It’s time we clamp down on this nuisance, banish the boy racer and restore peace and quiet to local streets.”

The trial might be led by a collaboration between skilled companies companies Atkins and Jacobs.

Andrew Pearce, apply director of Atkins-Jacobs Joint Venture, stated: “This scheme is a critical development for people living in areas affected by anti-social driving. It demonstrates how we can use technology to take a highly targeted approach to solving these problems.

“Testing different noise measurement technologies with a range of vehicles in this controlled environment means we can ensure tickets are only sent to drivers with illegal and anti-social cars or bikes.

“Highway authorities will be able to automate noise enforcement and get on top of the problem without using up valuable police resources.”

Exhausts and silencers are required to be correctly maintained, and not altered to improve noise. Non-compliance can lead to a £50 on-the-spot fine.

The DfT stated analysis has linked long-term noise air pollution to bodily and psychological well being issues equivalent to coronary heart assaults, hypertension, kind 2 diabetes and stress.

There is little question that anti-social extreme noise could cause well being issues so focusing on the culprits might be welcomed by native residents

Edmund King, AA president

People dwelling in disadvantaged areas are up to 3 times extra possible to complain about noise than these in much less deprived places, in accordance to the Government’s latest Levelling Up white paper.

AA president Edmund King stated: “Excessive noise from modified cars used by ‘street racers’ or ‘pimp my ride’ racers are normally associated with defined areas where these individuals meet.

“Whilst this new noise technology can be targeted at known hotspots, it remains to be seen whether this just encourages the racers to find a street with no cameras.

“There is no doubt that anti-social excessive noise can cause health problems so targeting the culprits will be welcomed by local residents.”

John Stewart, who chairs marketing campaign group UK Noise Association, stated: “For many years we have had complaints from residents about excessively noisy vehicles.

“They will all be hoping to prove that their street is one of the noisiest so they can get the first batch of cameras.”

Westminster Council is already utilizing noise cameras in the areas round Waterloo Place and Exhibition Road.

This was in response to long-term issues with noise and harmful driving, equivalent to cars performing loud “doughnut” manoeuvres in the early hours of the morning.

The DfT stated it isn’t proposing to scale back pace limits to lower background noise for communities close to main roads.

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