Acoustic Cameras Trailed in Offer to Cut Noisy Vehicles
Motorists with vehicles breaking legal noise limits could face fines if new “acoustic camera” technology is developed, the government has said that.
The Sector for Transport will check noise-detecting cameras in several locations over the next seven months.
The move comes after burden from supporters in rural communities who say some motorists illegally modify vehicles to amplify the sound.
A biker group said the bikers must “embrace” the change.
Much like the way a speed camera works, if a microphone in an acoustic camera detects a vehicle breaching legal noise limits, it triggers a camera to take pictures of the vehicle registration number and any other relevant images to allow a fine to be sent out to the vehicle owner, the government said.
The noise level estimated to be incorrect is yet to be decided.
All vehicles must fulfill with noise regulations to legally use the roads. But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the cameras could help to combat the fact that police resources are too stretched for officers to easily enforce noise regulations on “boy racers in souped-up vehicles”.
“This technology could offer an alternative to make sure those communities are protected against excessive noise, that the people who are performing illegally are prosecuted… it’s a simpler and easier way of doing it,” he said.
Dr. Jonathan Moore, who chairs a campaign group lobbying to reduce noise along the A32 in the South Downs National Park, said people are “thoroughly fed up” with motorcyclists who drive through villages “hundreds of times a year” at anti-social hours.
While he welcomed the trial, he supposed that he does not believe technology is advanced enough for acoustic cameras to prevent noise problems in rural areas.
“Where are wide open spaces, I am not entirely sure that this will be effective or not,” he said.
- Deaths connected with the noise pollution
Meanwhile, the Motorcycle Industry Association said cameras could decrease in irritation noise if they were used in the correct way.
Chief executive Tony Campbell said that: “Motorcycle builders accept that they have a role to play and I think you’ll see it more difficult to start tampering with vehicles in the future.”
“As an industry we’re playing our best part decrease in irritation noise ,” he added.