Ealing Road continues to be a popular race track for boy racers and antisocial drivers and motorcyclists. Often, the resulting excess noise is due to modifications of the engine or exhaust system of the car or motorcycle. In the UK, it is illegal to modify exhaust systems to boost the noise level.
The quality of life of residents in central Alperton continues to be blighted by excess noise from traffic, with 20 – 25 thundering cars and motorcycles counted every day (and night).
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Thankfully, there is a new technical solution to protect the quality of life in Alperton, the noise camera. This is like a speed camera but it captures noisy cars and motorcycles with pinpoint accuracy. One such system, SoundVue, is produced by Intelligent Instruments in Southampton. (Other manufacturers are available.)
The UK’s Department for Transport has trialed noise cameras in Bradford and has expanded the test to Birmingham and Bristol. In London, a number of councils have installed noise cameras locally; including Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster Council and Wandsworth Council.
Alperton residents are calling on Brent Council to install noise cameras along Ealing Road without delay. This would encourage car users and motorcyclists to use the roads in a responsible manner without blighting the lives of local residents.