Written by: Victor Alós Yus @sepelaci May 24, 2022 2 minutes
After beginning their deployment in several French cities, noise radars are beginning to arrive in Spain and Barcelona is the first city to use them.
We met the sound radars several months ago, when they began to be applied in France. They were tested for a while and after verifying that they were totally effective, they have become another element of traffic control. In cities such as Paris, this type of meter has begun to be installed, in areas with a maximum speed of 50 km/h. The fines for exceeding the sound limits are up to 135 euros and they are already beginning to sanction.
After the test in France, it was a matter of time its use spreads to other European countries. In Spain, it will be Barcelona the first of the Spanish cities that has begun the installation of these acoustic radars. The action is included in the Pollution Reduction Plan 2022-2030.
Launching in the summer of 2022
Barcelona City Council is preparing the acoustic radar installation to start with the test throughout the summer of this year. The intention of the municipal government of Barcelona is to reduce the use of private vehicles and promote the use of public transport. With this new measure, the level of noise emitted by vehicles will be controlled circulate through the streets of the city.
Motorcycles, main objective
Among the noisiest vehicles motorcycles are listed. According to the studies carried out by the city council, these vehicles generate peaks of between 5 and 10 dB over the general noise of the city. For the moment, everything the system will work in test modeso it is to be hoped that users are not sanctioned and are only informed of the irregularity that has been fulfilled.
But the Barcelona City Council wants to go further and control the level of ambient noise in other parts of the city. It also wants to focus on the nightlife areas of the Catalan capital.
First points controlled by acoustic radars
The first eleven points in which these acoustic control devices They are: Almirall Churruca, Allada Vermell, Enric Granados, Joaquim Costa, Rogent, Osca, Nou de la Rambla, George Orwell Square, others in the Gracia neighbourhood, Triangle Lúdic and Rambla del Poblenou.
This first phase of the project will be followed by another in which an attempt will be made to minimize sound impact of these activities with campaigns to reduce noise and, if necessary, carry out works to increase sound insulation of the most stressed areas.