The first French sound radar will be established in Yvelines. After a six-month approval phase, the fines should fall in 2022. They will be steep.
This is a world first. The government wants to fight against noise pollution, using radars capable of detecting particularly noisy two-wheelers. These disturb the tranquility of residents and have a real impact on the health of the French. In the Chevreuse valley (Yvelines), backfiring vehicles create a nightmare for the inhabitants who each summer have to deal with the noise of engines and tampered with exhaust pipes. To limit these behaviors, sound radars will be installed this Tuesday January 4 in Saint-Lambert.
This system of control, and ultimately of verbalization, will be exported to several towns in France. Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Bron, Rueil-Malmaison, Villeneuve-le-Roi and Saint-Forget are currently concerned. According to a decree, which is to be published soon, three such devices will be installed on the side of the road, reports the Parisian. They should perform an automatic “Vehicle noise emission level.”
6 months of experimentation
If all such radars will be deployed in the coming days, they should not be used for ticketing for several months. Indeed, as noted by our colleagues, there will be a first phase of experimentation of six months which will make it possible to determine the authorized sound level, “According to the data collected”. Jean-Noël Barrot, MP behind the project, explains that these radars are aimed at “Ultra-minority behavior of people who voluntarily traffic their motorbike or scooter.”
In the course of 2022, the sound radars will be able to be used for the verbalization of the offenders. The fine was set at 135 euros, a rate that is intended to be a deterrent. Because noise pollution is a health issue according to the Noise Observatory in Île-de-France. According to him, too loud noises could cause the Ile-de-France residents to lose nearly eleven months of healthy life expectancy. According to the Morphée network, in 2019, 82% of French people said they were concerned by noise.
The phenomenon also has serious economic consequences according to the Ecological Transition Agency (Ademe). Each year this would cost nearly 147 billion euros linked in particular to the impact on health and lack of sleep, but also the loss of value of homes exposed to noise.