Council’s first quiet car joins hi-tech Noise Patrol

22 Apr 2013 @ 4.32 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council’s Noise Patrol is now using the authority’s first, silent electric car to tackle noisy neighbours.

Following on from last week’s Switched On electric car show at the McArthur Glenn Designer Outlet, the council’s night-time, weekend Noise Patrol – operated by the environmental protection unit (EPU) – is now using an electric car following last year’s successful trial of the vehicles. This is the first, permanent electric car to be run by the council.

In addition to the electric car, the EPU is also using computer tablets on the Noise Patrol. The tablets give access to all the information held on the EPU’s databases which means officers can respond more quickly and accurately to reports of excessive or anti-social noise.

Councillor Dafydd Williams, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Safer Communities said: “The electric car is perfect for dealing with noise complaints as it is nearly silent itself. With its 109 mile range it is just the thing for driving around York, and at a cost of only 2p per mile it is far cheaper than our previous diesel vans and petrol cars.

“In addition, the tablets make it much more efficient and safer for council officers working in the community, because calls can be taken on the tablet, health and safety and other information checked on the way to the visit. This saves considerable time and means we can attend more calls, more quickly.”

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