New gadget will help curb exhaust noise from modified cars
A new gadget being used by road policing officers will help curb
nuisance noise from modified cars.
Photo: An NTI Audio Analyser
Officers now have a number of audio analysers designed to measure
the output from noisy exhausts and help prosecute or even take
anti-social drivers off the roads of Essex.
The introduction of NTI Audio Analysers will help officers
deal effectively with noise pollution from vehicles in known
problem areas such as the area around Lakeside Shopping Centre and
A number of road policing officers have already been trained to
use the specialist device which can provide evidence to back
up their testimonies in court.
Vehicle noise levels should not exceed 82 decibels.
Road Policing Sergeant Simon Willsher said: "Drivers need to be
aware of the consequences of their anti-social behaviour and
consider the impact of their actions to residents and local people.
Offending will land anti-social drivers in court.
"Anti-social driving is consistently a cause of frustration
within our communities. We can use these sound kits to reassure the
public and demonstrate the police action when complaints about
anti-social driving are received. We also aim to use these sound
meters in a targeted manner on operations and events to deal
effectively with offending motorists."
The vast majority of large or big bore exhausts are illegal for
use on public roads. The fact they may have passed an MOT test is
irrelevant as this only checks for exhaust gasses and emission