The new heavy vehicle noise camera equipment at Woolgoolga.
The new heavy vehicle noise camera equipment at Woolgoolga. BRUCE THOMAS

Noise camera trial

DRIVERS who thought they’d been caught out by a new speed trap at Woolgoolga can breathe a little easier.

This device on the Pacific Highway near the Clarence Street roundabout may look like a speed camera but it definitely isn’t.

The newly installed equipment is officially known as a “heavy vehicle noise detection system” designed to catch out offending trucks.

“The engine brake noise camera system identifies noisy vehicles by the characteristic noise caused by engine brakes and records a video image of the vehicle,” an RTA spokesman said.

“This information is used to advise the vehicle operator the vehicle exceeds the national heavy vehicle noise standard and provides information on how to fix the problem.”

The RTA selected the Woolgoolga site for the trial – one of two in NSW – because of its proximity to residential areas and access to power and communication.

“Also, it is close to a roundabout where heavy vehicle drivers need to slow down and use their engine brake,” the spokesman said.

“At the first trial site at Mt Ousley near Wollongong, this method resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in heavy vehicle engine brake noise.”

In other news, Coffs Coast schools can expect to have their new “dragon’s teeth” line markings by the end of the year.

The markings are being placed in all school zones across NSW and are designed to make drivers aware they are entering a 40km/h area.

“The program involves painting triangular markings or dragon’s teeth on each side of a lane starting at the school zone sign and continuing for up to 32.5 metres along the lane,” an RTA spokesman said.



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