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Call to tackle ‘noisy street racing’ across Cambridge

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A councillor has warned that people feel “powerless to get something done” over “noisy street racing” of cars and motorbikes around Cambridge.

A petition will be presented to Cambridge City Council on Thursday, October 21 Picture: iStock (52365683)
A petition will be presented to Cambridge City Council on Thursday, October 21 Picture: iStock (52365683)

Cllr Olaf Hauk, who represents Trumpington, will present a petition to Cambridge City Council on Thursday.

The Liberal Democrat councillor said: “These disturbances quite unnecessarily breach the peace and threaten other road users’ safety. Identical behaviour has been brought to city councillors right across the city and people feel completely powerless to get something done. It often happens at night when it has the most intrusive impact.

“It looks like it’s entirely conscious on the part of the perpetrators and done without consideration for anyone else apart from their own enjoyment. It seems obvious that regulations are being broken, at least for speed and noise - and maybe others too.”

The petition calls for the council to bring together police and other agencies to come up with a joint strategy to tackle anti-social driving, including investigating noise detection cameras which are currently being used in London.

It calls on the city council to note: “The number of complaints made by residents about the disturbance and danger caused to neighbourhoods by loud and speeding vehicles using the roads as race tracks.

“That residential areas in Cambridge suffer heavily from the noise caused by some modified cars, motorbikes and scooters.

“That anti-social driving has a negative impact on the environment, personal safety and people’s wellbeing, and discourages active travel.”

Cllr Hauk added: “I am aware that at least one London borough is deploying noise-activated cameras to help the police deal with the problem. I don’t know whether this would be right here, but it’s surely reasonable to explore this kind of solution in discussing a plan for Cambridge.

“The city council has specific responsibilities for environmental health, the police for illegal driving and the highways authority for the road system. We need a concerted plan to prevent the problem, both long and short term.

“For a city phenomenon, the city council is ideally placed to bring the relevant people together and create a focus on it and I hope colleagues will agree to do that.”

The Labour-run city council will respond to the petition at Thursday's meeting.

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