Geneva is set to pilot a national project on the anti-noise radar for controlling excessive sound levels on the roads. The canton has been actively developing this technology and will now host a pilot project by the Swiss Confederation to consolidate its use. Proven equipment from France will be tested in the Geneva context this summer. Similar to speed radars, the anti-noise radar aims to target driving behaviors that cause noise pollution, ultimately preserving public health.
The radar accurately identifies vehicles responsible for noise excesses, such as sudden accelerations and modified exhaust systems. Geneva has been working on these tools since 2020, and previous operations have demonstrated their reliability. Warning screens from the anti-noise radars have been used in cantonal trials to raise awareness among road users. The canton plans to continue using these educational devices for new campaigns.
In addition to the anti-noise warning radar, a control-oriented anti-noise radar will be tested in a pilot project. The goal is to identify and target vehicles contributing to excessive noise on the roads. This project, conducted by the Swiss Confederation in collaboration with the State of Geneva, aligns with the canton’s commitment to reducing road noise.
A survey conducted in Geneva revealed strong public support for stricter sanctions against road noise excesses, with 86% of respondents expressing this desire. Car owners showed similar support, emphasizing the need to reduce noise-related offenses for the well-being of the community.
The pilot project aims to refine the practical use of control-oriented radar. Its successful implementation could lead to concrete actions against road noise excesses in Geneva.