In an effort to reduce the amount of noisy vehicles roaming the streets, the British Department for Transport will apparently test new acoustic cameras during the next seven months. This decision comes as citizens in rural communities have complained about some motorists illegally modifying the sound of their vehicles, and our sources tell us the government is concerned by the potential health impacts of noise pollution.
These new acoustic cameras will use a microphone to detect vehicles breaching legal noise limits. When the sound exceeds the threshold, the camera is triggered to photograph the vehicle’s license plate, or other relevant images that could help the authorities prove the vehicle was, in fact, too loud. The maximum noise level/limit has not yet been established by the authorities.
According to British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, “the technology could provide an alternative to make sure those communities are protected against excessive noise, that the people who are acting illegally are prosecuted…it’s a simpler, easier way of doing it.”
As is the case here in North America, all motor vehicles in England must comply with noise regulations in order to legally operate on public roads. It turns out that in many rural areas, people are getting seriously fed up by the amount of motorcyclists or drivers described by the locals as “boy racers in souped-up vehicles” who drive through villages with modified exhaust systems.
It’s currently unclear if the British government will go through with this new legislation, or if the technology is currently capable of sustaining such cameras. But if it should go forth, it could have an impact on several GM vehicles that come from the factory with loud exhaust systems, cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, the Chevrolet Corvette, or even the Cadillac V-Series cars – which are sold in Europe… at least for the time being.