The new cameras that will send you a fine if your motor’s too noisy – is your car at risk?

THE Department for Transport has launched a competition to find Britain's noisiest streets.

The noisiest will trial new noise cameras that can tell if your motor is too loud and send a ticket in the post.

MPs are being invited to submit applications now for their

The camera technology is designed to catch drivers who rev their engines or have an illegal exhaust system fitted to their car.

They can judge how loud the exhaust is and read a car's number plate at the same time.

The Department for Transport said: "The technology, backed by £300,000, can automatically detect when vehicles are breaking legal noise requirements, helping provide police and local authorities with the tools and evidence to take action against drivers who flout noise laws.

"Police have existing powers, including the ability to issue fines, but currently have trouble gathering evidence.

"The latest phase of noise trials builds on a 3-year programme to perfect the technology.

"Research shows noise pollution can have significant impacts on physical and mental health for local residents – with heart attacks, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and stress all linked to long-term contact with loud environments."

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he wants to 'banish boy racers' from UK roads to save billions of pounds in social costs.

He said: "We want those in Britain’s noisiest streets, who are kept up at night by unbearable revving engines and noisy exhausts, to come forward with the help of volunteer areas to test and perfect the latest innovative technology.

"For too long, rowdy drivers have been able to get away with disturbing our communities with illegal noisy vehicles. It’s time we clamp down on this nuisance, banish the boy racer and restore peace and quiet to local streets."

The legal limit for a car's exhaust is 74 decibels, if it was produced after 2016 when the limit was introduced.


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Motorists can be fined anywhere between £100 and £2500 for exceeding the noise limits.

Kensington and Chelsea council in west London ran a pilot scheme in late 2020 that saw the cameras triggered 2000 times and 163 fines given out.

Some of the loudest cars recorded came in at 112 decibels.

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