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11 June 2023

New UAE radar to catch 'noisy' motorists

New radar system to detect vehicle-related noise offences (Supplied)

By Staff

The UAE police has invented a new radar which detects noise pollution by vehicles, takes their photos and fines the violating drivers.

This system, the first of its kind in the world, was invented by Captain Ahmed Abdullah Al Muhairi, Head of Traffic Safety Section at the Traffic Engineering and Safety Department of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police.

Captain Ahmed Al Muhairi explained that ‘the noise monitoring radar’ consists of two integrated systems: The sound intensity sensor and an advanced camera that takes digital photos of the violating vehicles.

“The radar automatically measures the intensity of noise produced by a passing vehicle. If the noise ratio is higher than the allowed limit, the radar will immediately take photos, scan the vehicle’s license plate and fine the violating drivers,” he said.

He pointed out that the noise monitoring system is designed to reduce disturbances and illegal noises caused by vehicles on the city’s different roads, and particularly in residential areas, near hospitals, mosques, and educational institutions.

It also aims at reducing disturbances and noise caused by vehicles that undergo illegal modifications and additions, including changing engine specifications and making amendments in order to increase their speeds and amplify their sound, which spread chaos and cause nuisance to the public.

Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, examined in his office at the ADP General Headquarters, the vehicle-related traffic noise monitoring system, designed to reduce noise and disturbances caused by vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

“Introducing this new device would make Abu Dhabi the first city in the world to use the latest systems aimed at preserving the environment and reducing noise pollution and noise levels caused by vehicles and excessive use of horns. It will also promote Abu Dhabi’s vision to achieve a sustainable traffic safety,” he said.