Grant Shapps is squaring up to “boy racers” by banishing loud engines and illegal car exhausts from towns and cities across the UK.
The Transport Secretary is planning to fine drivers for revving engines as part of a new initiative to “restore peace and quiet to local streets”.
The Government says people living in noisy streets are more likely to have a heart attack, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and stress. The social cost of urban road noise is estimated to be £10bn a year.
Mr 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.”
Ministers today launch a competition for Britain’s noisiest streets to benefit from noise camera technology trials to catch noisy drivers and issue them with penalties where necessary.
The cameras have been developed by Atkins, a major rail and roads contractor, and Jacobs, which runs defence contracts on behalf of the Government. The two companies will use their “acoustics expertise, design, modelling and asset management” to fine-tune the technology.
The Government’s Levelling Up White Paper disclosed that complaints about noise are highest among the most economically deprived areas. Those in more disadvantaged areas are as much as three times as likely to suffer from noise nuisance.
John Stewart, chair of the UK Noise Association, said, “This is a welcome move. For many years we have had complaints from residents about excessively noisy vehicles. They will all be hoping to prove that their street is one of the noisiest so they can get the first batch of cameras.”