Acoustic cameras are being trialled on UK roads

Acoustic cameras have been spotted undergoing real-world trials on A32 near Loomies

ACOUSTIC cameras are now undergoing real-world testing in the south of England, as a makeshift acoustic ‘camera’ has been spotted up the road from Loomies.

The post found on Instagram shows a tall metal structure placed at the side of a rural looking road in the afternoon. On the opposite side of the road we can see a front garden or lawn. A road sign in the background showing that the camera is clearly located on the A32 close to Farnham.

The location of the camera is close to popular motorcycle meeting point and food venue Loomies Café. It’s possible that some of the residents local to the camera have made complaints to the council regarding motorcycle use on the road.

A notice accompanying the camera reads:

“The purpose of this trial is to determine whether a system of this type is capable of detecting vehicles emitting excessive noise levels or being driven in a way which creates excessive noise. This noise camera is measuring traffic characteristics and noise levels for the trial.

No enforcement action is being taken as a direct result of this trial

Data collected from the noise camera is subject to controls on access and processing, in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation principles. No information about drivers or vehicles owned will be obtained.”

While the act of rolling passed the camera site with the clutch in and the engine bouncing off the rev-limiter may seem like fun, it might not be a good idea. The trial will likely be a precursor to a permanent camera at that location, the only way that can be prevented is if low levels of vehicle noise are detected.

Probably best to clutch in and coast by or choose a high gear in that case!

Do you live near the site shown above or have you spotted another noise camera at another location? Let us know in the comments below!


All though I agree with keeping the noise down at night, as sound travels further, which pelican thought to put the camera in the middle of the Country side were crows can caw down the mics, farmers shotguns, will be picked up, emergency vehilce sirens, and the half a pack of V-twins chinook helicopter operates around. Be nice to see a prius getting done for noise at 28mph as chinook goes over head as no doubt the mics only register the decibels. No doubt though the original complaint was noise at night not during the day, and this new Council cash cow will be on 24hrs. Ialso note that there is a blind spot under the camera, which means anybody with a loud exhaust can park underneath and set the camera off at innocent vehicles. The whole test is a farce, it is an unoffical ban on our beloved classic bikes and cars, also gets some of us out of mowing the lawn.

Hmm this is interesting, I wasn't aware that this was going on and would hate to see a law being pass to ban motorcycles or muscle cars. I always enjoyed going to car shows and checking out all type of cars and customization's and hearing the engines roar!


There is one on the A326 Marchwood bypass, just by the school at Twiggs lane. Beware.,-1.4578423,643m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4874764e2920560d:0x684eac19184ca270!8m2!3d50.8857095!4d-1.4556536

Interesting. I was not aware that noise cameras were being implemented, as a matter of fact, I didnt even know they were a thing. I think they definitely could have their place in being beneficial but for the most part probably just a pain in the butt. Thats my two sense.

oh. I think these are cameras that help me get into my lane, and the traffic rules so I don't make a mistake

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