Camera adventure

UK government targets noisy vehicles in new trial

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) recently launched a trial of new noise-canceling camera technology that targets excessive revs and illegal exhaust systems. Currently set to roll out in four selected areas in England and Wales, the government has also invited MPs to apply to roll out the scheme for testing in their local areas.

The trial is being conducted by a company called Atkins-Jacobs Joint Venture, which is developing “new Phase 2 technology” that can identify individual vehicles with excessive noise emissions. The government-backed £300,000 (US$369,927) project aims to provide reliable data that can be used by local law enforcement.

Noise camera concept. Credit: association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk

Measuring noise levels is fairly simple, but a camera system that can identify the offending vehicle and can provide evidence to law enforcement is the ultimate goal. Currently, noise laws exist and the police have the powers to enforce them, but they struggle to gather evidence.

Armed with extensive studies and research, the DfT says “the annual social cost of urban road noise was estimated at £10 billion ten years ago”, as shown in its YouTube video on the project.

Part of the government’s aim is to ensure the tools are available for consistent application in all parts of Britain, where noise problems and complaints are up to three times higher in areas with low income. The latest phase follows a three-year prototype testing period that began in 2019.

“We want those who live on Britain’s noisiest streets, who are kept awake at night by unbearably revving engines and noisy exhausts, to show up with the help of volunteer areas to test and perfect the latest innovative technologies,” Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said during a test. technology session. “For too long, rowdy drivers have successfully disturbed our communities with loud, illegal vehicles. It’s time to clamp down on this nuisance, banish the runner boy, and restore peace and quiet to the local streets.