Police crack down on noisy exhausts

Suffolk Constabulary is cracking down on noisy exhausts with a new
device being trialled in the west of the county. Officers from the Bury
roads policing unit (RPU) are testing a noise meter with a view to
purchasing a number of the devices to be used by RPU officers across
the county.

Feb 25, 2010
By Paul Jacques

Suffolk Constabulary is cracking down on noisy exhausts with a new device being trialled in the west of the county. Officers from the Bury roads policing unit (RPU) are testing a noise meter with a view to purchasing a number of the devices to be used by RPU officers across the county.

Temporary Sergeant Paul Stock from the Bury RPU has been using the meter, available from Neutrik (UK) Ltd, and explained: “Many motor vehicle enthusiasts modify their exhausts without realising just how loud they’re making them and we receive regular complaints about noisy vehicles.

At present, 16 of the county’s 30 safer neighbourhood teams have priorities involving some sort of anti-social vehicle use that they are working on with partners and the community. Loud exhausts can disrupt the lives of people living near where motor vehicle enthusiasts meet and can increase the perception of cars speeding, so we have taken the meter out to those places to demonstrate to drivers just how noisy their cars are and the impact they have on other people.”

The device is designed specifically to test the volume of exhausts and records levels of ambient noise, idling noise and then revving to gain an average noise reading. Most vehicles when manufactured must have exhausts emitting no more than 82db, but once modified, the volume often exceeds this. Most modified vehicles tested using the new device have registered at over 100db, roughly the equivalent of a pneumatic drill or a chainsaw.

T/Sgt Stock says the aim of the device at present is education, but this will change. “At the moment we are using the meter readings to give guidance, but once further devices are purchased for use across Suffolk, we will begin to enforce the law around having a modified exhaust.

“The drivers seem to be taking note so far and we’ve also had positive feedback from the community. After carrying out a test in Bury town centre we were contacted by a local resident who had seen it happen. He was very pleased that we have the equipment to target the anti-social vehicle use that has impacted upon his quality of life for some time and that we are taking note of the residents’ concerns.”

*For further information contact Neutrik (UK) Ltd, Westridge Business Park, Cothey Way, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 1QT. Sales managers: Charlie Cook 07970 884707 and Phil Gott 07813 119628. Sales office 01983 811441.

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