Noise-detecting cameras could be used to catch drivers who shatter the peace by revving engines and exhausts.
Campaigners hope the technology will stop “boy racers” who deliberately modify their cars and motorbikes to make them as loud as possible.
Now the Government is examining the results of detailed camera tests and it is hoped police will be able to use the records of noise levels and digital images to hit culprits with fines.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Traffic noise is a bad enough problem without the irresponsible few who choose to shatter the peace with illegal aftermarket modifications.
“If they know technology is being deployed that can cheaply and reliably pinpoint perpetrators and serve them with fixed penalties, hopefully fewer of these anti-social souls will be tempted to crank up the volume in future.”
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A prototype camera to detect “excessively noisy vehicles” was produced a few years ago, but researchers concluded in 2021 that “further development” was needed before it would be “suitable for enforcement”.
The latest technology has since been trailed, with roadside tests carried out between last October and February.
Transport Minister Richard Holden said: “The department is currently reviewing the outcomes before considering any next steps.”
James Thompson, of the Chelsea Society, which represents people living in south-west London, said he supports the use of noise cameras “to catch those who disturb the sleep of residents”.
He added these irresponsible drivers were a “danger to the public” because “they use city streets as a race track”.
Paul Miner, of CPRE, which was formerly known as the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Safeguarding the peaceful character of the countryside is an important and under-appreciated priority for communities.
“Any measures that protect rural tranquillity are to be welcomed.”