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Noise cameras to be trialled in England to tackle boy racers

Noise cameras to be trialled in England to tackle boy racers


Noise cameras to be trialled in England to tackle boy racers

Noise-detecting traffic cameras will be trialled in four areas in England in an attempt to crack down on "boy racers" who rev engines and use illegal exhausts, the Department for Transport has announced.

The so-called noise cameras will be installed on the roadside in Bradford on Tuesday, before a rollout in Bristol, Great Yarmouth and Birmingham over the next two months.

A video camera will photograph vehicles and several microphones will record sound to help identify road users who break the law by revving their engines unnecessarily or use illegal exhausts as they drive by.

The technology - in which the government has pledged to invest £300,000 and tested on a private track - will be used to create a digital package of evidence that can be used by police to fine drivers.

The announcement comes after a government-backed competition was launched in April to identify some of the worst-affected areas. Members of parliament applied for the cameras to be set up in their constituency and winning locations were decided based on the severity of the problem.

The transport secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: "Rowdy road drivers beware - 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 will be working closely with the local authorities and police to share any findings, and I hope this technology paves the way for quieter, peaceful streets across the country."

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