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Camera cars patrol residents' only parking zones

Camera cars patrol residents' only parking zones

Published by Emma Carton at 8:23am 20th August 2019. (Updated at 12:29pm 20th August 2019)

Camera cars are going out in Cornwall to stop drivers without permits parking in zones reserved for residents.

Vehicles fitted with automatic number plate recognition technology are running checks in Truro and St Ives.

One Civil Enforcement Officer can cover the same distance of nearly four and half CEOs patrolling on foot. 

The council says anyone found to be breaking the rules could face penalties.

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These new camera cars are going out in Cornwall to stop drivers without permits parking in zones reserved for residents

How do the camera cars work?

The cars are fitted with a camera and automatic number plate recognition technology so officials can check that cars parked in resident only parking zones in some areas of Truro and in St Ives have the right vehicle specific permit.

The cars are fitted with a camera which capture the details of vehicles parked in resident only parking spaces. The technology will then check if that number plate is linked to a resident parking permit.

By using the camera cars and automatic number plate recognition, officials can match the car number plate to their database to find out quickly if a vehicle is incorrectly parked in a resident only parking bay.

The Civil Enforcement Officer will then be able to issue a Penalty Charge Notice if appropriate.

"We have introduced a Positive Parking Framework which includes a raft of measures to help support our communities and local economies as well as improve traffic management.  

"This is the latest move to improve efficiency and to demonstrate to our residents that we are acting to deter those who park in restricted parking zones".

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown

Cornwall Council will be rolling out the use of camera cars in other areas when other resident parking zones become vehicle specific permit parking zones.

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