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Council introduces new technology to tackle those who wrongly park in residents only parking zones

New technology is being introduced in Cornwall to help tackle the issue of cars without permits parking in resident only parking zones.

We’re introducing camera cars to make best use of technology, give value for money and free up our civil enforcement officers so that we can use them in other areas where there are parking issues.

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The use of the new camera cars means that one Civil Enforcement Officer can cover the same distance of nearly four and half CEO’s patrolling on foot.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “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.”

The cars are fitted with a camera and automatic number plate recognition technology so we 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, we can match the car number plate to our 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’ll be rolling out the use of camera cars in other areas when other resident parking zones become vehicle specific permit parking zones.


Story posted 19 August 2019