Number of noise cameras rise in France


Similar to the UK, France currently exercises a noise vehicle limit using noise cameras, though it does rely on the police’s ability to catch the person in the act of the noise violation.

A French town situated on the outskirts of Paris has gone about tackling the loud motorcycle exhausts by placing a ‘noise radar’ which is capable of identifying not only the vehicle committing the offence but also the location of the vehicle.

The noise cameras are linked to CCTV

Linked to the Police CCTV  cameras it allows a ticket to be issued directly to the offender. As reported by road users the system is currently located in the centre of Villeneuve-le-Roi. The system is set to go live as soon as the law that permits this technology is passed.

The new system was created by Bruitparif, it uses four microphones to measure the decibel levels every tenth of a second. Subsequently, this can be used to track the original source of the sound. This is shown in a series of coloured dots situated behind the machine, known as an ‘acoustic wake.’

In a more isolated part of France, noise is also being tracked in the hills of Saint-Forget which is situated outside Paris. This is one of the most popular routes amongst motorcyclists, the plan is that two further devices will be installed in this location during September.

Noise cameras are also going to be tested in the UK hoping to cut down on the use of illegal exhausts

The announcement from the Department for Transport came on the 8th June. They stated that they will be trialling new ‘noise cameras’ which are designed to home in on the motorists that are breaking the legal volume limits. The plan for several locations to have these cameras installed and tested during the course of the next few months will decide on the future of ‘noise cameras’. If successful they will be further developed across the United Kingdom.

The cameras are aimed at motorists with loud exhausts

These noise cameras are aimed at both motorcyclists and drivers that have illegal exhausts on their vehicle as well as individuals who rev their engines excessively. This will work by a microphone recording the sound of the passing vehicle, following that, ANPR, video and image capturing cameras will create visual data against the vehicle committing the offence.

Quoting from the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling said “Noise pollution makes the lives of people in communities across Britain an absolute misery and has very serious health impacts.

“This is why I am determined to crack down on the nuisance drivers who blight our streets. New technology will help us lead the way in making our towns and cities quieter, and I look forward to seeing how these exciting new cameras could work.”

The cameras will ultimately free up police time

Currently, the process of enforcing legal noise limits is carried out by patrolling police officers. Nonetheless, the new systems will have the ability to determine whether the law has been breached by looking into the class and speed of the vehicle in conjunction with the location of the camera.

Tony Campbell, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association commented “With growing pressure on the environment, including noise pollution, illegal exhausts fitted by some riders attract unwanted attention to the motorcycle community and do nothing to promote the many benefits motorcycles can offer. All manufacturers produce new motorcycles that follow strict regulations regarding noise and emissions and we welcome these trials as a potential way of detecting excessive noise in our community.”

Long-term exposure can cause mental and physical issues

Following studies that revealed long-term exposure to certain levels of noise can cause mental and physical health problems. Two of the health conditions that have been linked to noise exposure are stress and high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. This is the main initiation for the trial to be carried out, putting the health of the public first.

Concluding this noise violation is an important issue to tackle. Particularly those who violate the legal noise levels. Often they are the ones contributing to the risk of health problems in the public. The noise cameras will be a massive aid to the police force. Currently, they struggle to tackle the noise levels due to only having patrolling officers.

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