NEW road cameras designed to clamp down on boy racers have been installed in Rubery.

The Department of Transport launched a competition in April to identify the areas to host the cameras – which is part of a £30,000 government trial.

The camera has been placed in four trial sites across the country - Bradford, South Gloucestershire, Great Yarmouth and now finally Rubery.

The new technology uses a video camera in conjunction with a number of microphones to accurately pinpoint excessively noisy vehicles as they pass by.

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This means that if drivers break the law by revving their engines unnecessarily or using illegal exhausts, they will be automatically detected.

The camera takes a picture of the vehicle and records the noise level to create a digital package of evidence that can be used by police to fine drivers.  

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said: “I’m delighted that Bromsgrove district has been selected for this trial. 

“Quieter roads will no doubt promote the health and well-being of the community whilst helping to secure our roads against unsafe and anti-social driving.”

Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “Boy racers with their souped-up cars are an anti-social menace in Birmingham and across the country.

“This trial is vital to help our police clamp down on these thoughtless drivers who over-rev their engines and use illegally tampered exhausts.

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“As this technology continues its journey around some of the noisiest streets in the country, it is gathering vital data, which in future will help bring peace and tranquillity back to our cities, towns and villages.”

The research findings will be published once the trials have ended and the results have been analysed.

The noise camera is designed and developed by MicrodB.