Earlier this year, we told you Edmonton was considering a new technology to fight noisy vehicles, sort of like photo radar but with microphones instead of a radar gun. Now, CBC reports the city is using the new tech in a four-month pilot project. It’s the first city in North America with the technology.
Although we haven’t seen a lot of information on the photo ticketing devices, we understand they work in a way similar to a speed camera. Instead of a built-in radar gun, there’s a noisemeter that identifies a vehicle with noise output over 85 db, says CBC.
The machine then takes a photo of the offending vehicle, like a speed camera. But as it’s just a pilot project at this point and the city isn’t sure if the gadgets are allowed to send out automated tickets under provincial law, the machines won’t be sending out any fines. Instead, there will be a display board that shows the decibel rating of vehicles passing by, whether they’re over the 85 db level or not.
CBC says Edmonton has four of the devices in place now. It also mentions Edmonton has handed out 47 motorcycle noise tickets so far this summer, and 49 tickets for other vehicles. Should automated ticketing get the okay from the province, the city plans to use the winter to work out the details of implementing the technology. In theory, it will allow for far greater regulation of vehicle noise, as one of the complaints of the current police-enforced system is that officers are too busy to pay serious attention to loud vehicles.