From 2022, the sanctions will rain for owners of too noisy machines, while noise radars will come into service.
You may have already come across some, installed at the top of a pole, along the road. It’s about noise reduction radar, a new device aiming, as its name suggests, to verbalize the owners of machinery producing too much sound. Already installed in eight cities, such as Toulouse, Nice, Rueil-Malmaison or even Saint-Forget, in the Chevreuse valley, this device is not yet giving notice, since it is currently in the test phase. However, this should change quickly, since as early as next year offenders will start to be fined. The goal ? To fight against noise pollution, which would represent, according to a study conducted by the Ecological Transition Agency, more than 156 billion euros per year. According to this report, more than 25 million people are directly affected by this problem, which would have more or less significant consequences on their state of health, as well as on the economy.
Sleep disorders, cardiovascular diseases, stress or even a drop in the value of the real estate concerned… all of these direct effects of noise pollution. And according to the report, produced in association with the National Noise Council (CBN), road transport would be the main culprits, since it would represent no less than 51.8% of the total cost generated by this phenomenon. Hence the will of the public authorities, who now wish to fight against this scourge, which would be ” a public health issue », As Laurianne Rossi, president of the CNB, points out to our colleagues at Le Figaro. But before setting up the first ones verbalisations, experiments will first be set up, from November 2021 until April 2022. In the meantime, the government is working on the creation of a new decree making it possible to precisely define the authorized thresholds, thus the amount of the ‘fine that will be sent to offenders.
How it works ?
Also nicknamed “jellyfish radar”, because of its shape, the function of the noise radar is to sanction vehicles emitting sound exceeding a certain threshold, which has therefore not yet been set. As Fanny Mietlicki, in charge of creating the prototype, explained to our colleagues from BFM TV « It measures not only the decibels, but also the origin of the noise: the innovation is to be able to identify the acoustic trace of a machine passing on the track “. Five microphones are then responsible for recording and detecting the source of the noise, while a 360 ° camera makes it possible to identify the vehicle and record its license plate. If only eight municipalities will participate in this initial experiment, it is possible that this device will spread later if the results are conclusive. If bikers are particularly targeted, owners of sports cars are also in the sights of the authorities, while the sound emitted by the exhaust is not a reason for a second visit to the technical control.
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