Majority of UK drivers support noise cameras to tackle loud vehicles, survey finds

Stressed woman driver sitting inside her car

According to a new survey, some 58% of drivers wish to see cameras that detect illegally loud vehicles rolled out across the UK.

The RAC poll revealed that 22% of the 1,424 motorists polled were against the idea – and 20% were unsure.

In small areas in England last year, a £300,000 trial of noise cameras was conducted.

The technology involves using a camera and several microphones to detect noisy vehicles.

The camera captures a picture of the car and measures the noise it makes, providing the authorities with evidence they can use to impose fines.

34 percent of drivers polled by the RAC reported hearing overly loud exhausts or revving engines on a regular basis.

Road noise has been found to contribute to health problems including heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

Vehicle exhausts and silencers are required to be properly maintained, and not altered to increase noise.

Non-compliance can lead to a £50 on-the-spot fine.

RAC head of policy Simon Williams said: “Our research with drivers shows there is a very strong desire to put an end to the scourge of excessively noisy vehicles that disturb the peace all around the country.

“It’s plain wrong that those who have fitted their cars with modified exhausts, some motorbike riders and supercar owners can currently just get away with making an unacceptable amount of noise.

“Fortunately, the Department for Transport’s recent noise camera trials may provide the solution.

“We hope the findings are positive and that the technology can be quickly and cost-efficiently rolled out to the worst affected areas.

“There is no good reason why cars and motorbikes should make so much noise, so the sooner effective camera enforcement can be put in place the better.”

Roads minister Richard Holden said: “Boy racers are an anti-social menace and we have extensively trialled noise camera technology in various parts of the country over the past year.

“We are currently analysing data from the trials and will update in due course on any future measures which will help bring peace and tranquillity back to our towns, cities and villages.”

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