The Department for Transport have confirmed that they will be testing “noise cameras” in multiple locations across the UK over the coming months.
They are just like speed cameras, only they measure the noise of your vehicle instead!
Similar to how a Gatso speed camera works, if the microphone in a noise camera (also known as an acoustic camera) detects a vehicle that is “too loud”, it takes a picture of the vehicle and a fine is sent to the owner, according to the DfT.
We understand that NIPs will not be issued during the trial but if the new cameras are rolled out they will be.
The level at which the “noise speed cameras” will activate has yet to be decided…
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had this to say:
“This technology could provide an alternative to make sure communities are protected against excessive noise and that the people who are acting illegally are prosecuted… it’s a simpler, easier way of doing it”.
As ever in life, things aren’t black and white. But surely logic should prevail?
I’d imagine you’d agree that if someone was driving on the road you live in at – say – 150mph every day, you’d be on the phone to your local Police asking them to do something about it…
However, extremely unusual events like this surely don’t justify plastering Britain’s roads with speed cameras and stealth taxing Millions of Motorists with speeding tickets?
Similarly, I’d imagine if someone was driving past your home at 3 in the morning flat out on a Yamaha R1 (I’m assuming that’s a loud bike – I don’t know too much about them! :- ) and waking you up then you’d want them to stop doing it…
a) Do these events ever (often) really occur?
b) Even if they do occasionally happen, does this give the Government the right to exert even more control over the 99.999% of the driving population who don’t drive around keeping people awake at night?
The other thought I had about noise cameras was this:
If the new cameras are rolled out, will they catch Police cars that use their sirens when not necessary, and will the Police Officer driving receive an NIP?
I have a friend who lives in London and he tells me that he is routinely woken up by Police blasting their sirens in the middle of the night when – he believes – it’s not really necessary.
Anyway, what I’m interested in is what BTST Members think!
Are noise cameras necessary, or are they just another way for the Government to exert even more control over our daily lives and extract even more money from us?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below:
All the best,