Monday, January 17

Transport. Sound radars are arriving to sanction excessively noisy vehicles

Sound radars will be tested in the coming weeks in seven French communities, with fines of 135 euros in three months for vehicles that are too noisy.

In a press release, the Ministry of Ecological Transition specifies that three radars equipped with three different technologies will be put into operation on Tuesday or Wednesday, as soon as a decree is published in the Official Journal, on the road that crosses Saint-Forget (Yvelines) in the Chevreuse valley, adored by bikers, to the south-west of Paris. Another “jellyfish radar” equipped with a camera and microphones had already been tested there.

Towards 4th class fines

Six other communities will launch these radars in the coming weeks: Paris, the metropolises of Nice and Toulouse, Bron in the metropolis of Lyon, and the municipalities of Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine) and Villeneuve-le-Roi (Val -de-Marne). The radars will first be tested without finding any infringements. The aim is in particular to determine the maximum sound level, initially set at 90 decibels.

Until now, the maximum sound level was specific to each vehicle, and listed on its vehicle registration document. Only controls at a standstill enabled the police to check its compliance. The sound radars should make it possible “to amplify the controls and improve their efficiency”, underlines the ministry.

After three months, a second phase of experimentation may result in 4th class fines, i.e. a fixed fine of 135 euros, reduced to 90 euros in the event of payment within 15 days.

“Noise has a very real cost for our fellow citizens,” underlines Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition, quoted in the press release. Regulations already exist but the generalization of controls is an essential lever for effectively combating this source of pollution, in particular on public roads. “

The sound radar system will “be intended to be generalized throughout the national territory”, according to the ministry, subject to the adoption of a lasting legislative mechanism.

Reference-www.leprogres.fr

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