Noise Detecting Camera in Bradford
A noise-detecting camera will be trialled in Keighley and Birmingham as part of a crackdown on "boy racers".
09:56 31 October 2022
A noise-detecting traffic camera that is fitted with microphones is to be installed in Keighley, Birmingham, South Gloucestershire and Great Yarmouth as the local government cracks down on "boy racers". It is part of a £300,000 scheme to reduce the social impact of road noise, as confirmed by the Department for Transport. If successful, additional cameras could be rolled out nationwide.
Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: "These new cameras will help the police clamp down on those who break the legal noise limits or use illegal modified exhausts to make excessive noise in our communities,"
"We'll be working closely with the local authorities and police to share any findings, and I hope that this technology paves the way for quieter, peaceful streets across the country."
Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said communities were "increasingly suffering from this entirely avoidable blight".
"Excessively noisy vehicles and anti-social driving causes disturbance, stress, anxiety and pain to many," she said.
"It is unsafe and disrupts the environment and people's peaceful enjoyment of their homes and public places."