Motor Vehicles: Noise

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 13 September 2022.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of expanding the roadside vehicle noise measurement scheme after its trial period.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department does not have plans to expand its ‘noise camera’ trials to include measurements of air pollution and related harms.

Government already has an extensive network of roadside air quality monitors, covering around 320 locations across the UK. In 2020 the Defra and Department for Transport Joint Air Quality Unit set up a new monitoring network (the UK Urban NO2 Network) to measure roadside NO2 concentrations. Many local authorities also undertake their own roadside air quality monitoring for the purposes of Local Air Quality Management (LAQM).

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