The French capital has switched on its first noise radar as part of a plan to find loud motorcycles in other vehicles in one of Europe’s noisiest cities the machine placed high on street lampposts and Paris can measure the noise level of moving vehicles and identify their license plates.
Too much noise makes people sick, well at least Parisians can attest to that, and to curtail bikers and their loud deafening exhausts or motorists who zoom race on the streets of Paris this gadget has been installed to police the noisemakers.
Plans to start issuing fines from early 2023, the government plans to deploy more noise raiders in other french cities and test out procedures for automating the fines as part of a 2019 mobility law under existing legislation authorities can already sanction the owners of noisy vehicles but police lacked the necessary equipment and catch the driver in the act.
Other noise raiders have already been installed in the isle de France region around Paris and the cities. A recent study based on European environment agency data shows that Paris is one of Europe’s noisiest cities with over 5.5 million people exposed to road traffic noise at 55 decibels or higher compared to 2.6 million people in London and 1.7 million people in Vienna and Rome.
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