ARE you fed up of your road or local car park being used as a race track?

It seems plenty of people around Swindon are, judging by the response to our story yesterday on a new 'noise camera' trial.

Of course, not everyone with a big exhaust on their car drives anti-socially, but there are those that do - and it drives people up the wall, according to many of you who had your say.

Readers told of their pain at having to listen to 'back firing cars and big exhausts' long into the night.

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It comes after the government said new camera technology aims to measure the sound levels of passing vehicles to detect those that are breaking the law on noise limits.

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But where is it a big problem in Swindon? 

Here are 5 locations readers told us about, and what they have to put up with.

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Kingshill area - 'Most Friday nights. Think they race around Great Western Way then up Kingshill. Would love to have them caught."

Fleming Way - 'Past Halfords towards magic RB is like a race track in the evenings with lots of back firing cars and big exhausts. They then congregate in the county ground car park."

Greenbridge Road/Twickenham Close "They like to ride their mopeds over the field too."

Greenbridge - "About 9m 10 o'clock speeding a nightmare."

"The motorbikes and cars just go way too bloody fast."

Eldene - "We have at least 10 idiots in Eldene that think 4” drain pipes are acceptable as exhaust pipes." 

Thamesdown Drive - "Every day."

"You can hear it all night long

 

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However, not everyone was so bothered by it. One enthusiast replied to our post with a video from inside a car with a VERY loud exhaust. 

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He then suggested 'having a meet' to make 'as much noise as possible'.

Research commissioned by the DfT found that a noise camera system could also help to catch those who rev car or motorcycles engines beyond legal limits, making life a misery for those who live close by.

Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, said: "Noise pollution makes the lives of people in communities across Britain an absolute misery and has very serious health impacts.

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"This is why I am determined to crack down on the nuisance drivers who blight our streets.

"New technology will help us lead the way in making our towns and cities quieter, and I look forward to seeing how these exciting new cameras could work."

All vehicles must legally meet strict noise limits before they are allowed on the road.

Once a vehicle is in service, exhausts and silencers must by law be maintained in good working order and not altered to increase noise.

As part of the trial, automated number plate recognition could be used to help enforce the law.

Tony Campbell, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: "With growing pressure on the environment, including noise pollution, illegal exhausts fitted by some riders attract unwanted attention to the motorcycle community and do nothing to promote the many benefits motorcycles can offer.

"All manufacturers produce new motorcycles that follow strict regulations regarding noise and emissions and we welcome these trials as a potential way of detecting excessive noise in our community."

The trials of the new technology will determine whether the legal noise limit has been breached by taking into account the class and speed of the vehicle relative to the location of the noise camera.

The government has commissioned a prototype noise camera to be tested at several locations over the next seven months.

But, these locations have not yet been revealed. 

If the trials are successful, recommendations will be made to further develop the system across the UK.