The Government has announced plans to trial ‘innovative’ noise cameras, as part of efforts to help police forces ‘banish loud engines and exhausts’. Four areas across England and Wales are being sought to trial the technology, which can automatically detect when vehicles are breaking legal noise requirements.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps says he wants to “banish the boy racer and restore peace and quiet to local streets”.
Research shows noise pollution can have significant impacts on physical and mental health for local residents. The technology being used in the trial can provide real-time reports that police can use as evidence. It is hoped this may result in more targeted and efficient enforcement methods to crack down on noisy motorists.
Grant Shapps said: “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.”