ROWDY drivers face more local fines as new traffic cameras are installed to target “boy racers.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he will “ban the young racer” after raising concerns about motorists revving their engines.
Innovative noise cameras will be able to identify which vehicles are in breach of statutory noise regulations in the £300,000 trial.
Four areas will take part in the process, helping police collect evidence that the law is being flouted across the country.
The cameras can automatically detect when vehicles exceed noise limits and provide real-time reports to the police.
Preliminary tests have shown that under certain circumstances the technology can identify individual vehicles and assign noise levels to them.
Grant Shapps said: “We want those on Britain’s noisiest streets, who are kept awake at night by unbearably revving engines and loud exhausts, to come to the front with volunteer areas to test and perfect the latest innovative technology.
“For too long, rowdy drivers could get away with disrupting our communities with illegal noisy vehicles.
“It is time we took action against this nuisance, banned the young racer and restored peace and tranquility to the local streets.”
The study is being conducted by Atkins and Jacobs over a period of time, with research showing that long-term exposure to noise is linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, stress and type 2 diabetes.
Andrew Pearce, Practice Director for the Atkins-Jacobs Joint Venture said: “This program is a critical development for people living in areas affected by anti-social driving.
“It shows how we can use technology to solve these problems in a very targeted manner.
“By testing different noise measurement technologies with a range of vehicles in this controlled environment, we can ensure that tickets are only sent to drivers with illegal and anti-social cars or bikes.
“Freeway authorities will be able to automate noise monitoring and get the problem under control without consuming valuable police resources.”
Exhaust systems and mufflers must be properly maintained and not modified to increase noise levels – failure to comply will result in a £50 fine on site.
People living in deprived areas are up to three times more likely to complain about noise than people in less deprived areas, according to the government’s recent Leveling Up white paper.
AA President Edmund King said: “Excessive noise from modified cars used by ‘street racers’ or ‘pimp-my-ride’ racers is usually associated with defined areas where these individuals meet.
“While this new noise technology can be aimed at known hotspots, it remains to be seen if this will only encourage racers to find a road without cameras.
“There is no doubt that antisocial excessive noise can cause health problems, so targeting the culprits is welcomed by local residents.”
John Stewart, chairman of the UK Noise Association campaign group, said: “For many years we have had complaints from residents about excessively noisy vehicles.
“They will all hope to prove their street is one of the loudest so they can get the first batch of cameras.”
Westminster Council is already using noise cameras in the areas around Waterloo Place and Exhibition Road.
This was in response to long-term problems with noise and dangerous driving, such as: B. Cars performing noisy donut maneuvers in the early hours of the morning.
The DfT said it is not proposing reducing speed limits to reduce background noise for communities near major roads.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8727107/drivers-fine-new-traffic-cameras-target-boy-racers/ Drivers face a further £50 in fines on site as new traffic cameras have been introduced to target ‘young racers’.