Govt. To Go After Boy Racers

Tue 10th May 2022

British ‘boy racers’ who become noise nuisances by revving their car engines in built-up urban areas are to be targeted by sophisticated new technology which could see culprits hit with an automatic £50 fine.

The ‘noise cameras’ will be installed in four areas across the UK as part of a trial which will allow the police and authorities to understand how serious the problem is. Results from previous trials have indicated that the technology can identify individual cars and assign noise levels to them.

Speaking about the trial, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 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."

While neighbours moaning about noisy vehicles is nothing new, and likely to be less of a problem in the coming years with quieter electric engines, research has shown that constant noise pollution can lead to a range of health issues including heart problems and even diabetes.

A Government White Paper on ‘levelling up’ found that deprived communities are three times more likely to experience noise pollution than those in more affluent areas. However, the first trial was actually conducted by Westminster Council where residents had complained about noisy supercars.

"This scheme is a critical development for people living in areas affected by anti-social driving,” said Andrew Pearce, practice director of Atkins-Jacobs, whose technology is making the collaboration possible.

"It demonstrates how we can use technology to take a highly targeted approach to solving these problems.

"Testing different noise measurement technologies with a range of vehicles in this controlled environment means we can ensure tickets are only sent to drivers with illegal and anti-social cars or bikes.

"Highway authorities will be able to automate noise enforcement and get on top of the problem without using up valuable police resources."