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Automatic number plate recognition spearheads campaign to stop illegal parking

Published: 16 November 2016

Automatic number plate recognition spearheads campaign to stop illegal parking

Parking your car illegally, even for a minute or two, will become a costly exercise following the introduction of new technology that automatically detects illegal parking and issues infringement notices.

Using automated number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, a clearly signed council vehicle identifies illegally parked vehicles, takes a photo and records the time and date of the infringement as it passes by.

The car will patrol roads throughout the city, including traffic areas, business and commercial precincts and school zones - to ensure parking in compliance with laws and signage.

Animals, Parks and City Standards Committee Chair, Jennie Breene, said the technology was already in use across the country, and would improve road safety.

“Parking rules and regulations are there to protect us all and ensure smooth traffic flows,” she said.

“Parking too close to crossings, double parking and parking too close to corners all pose risks to pedestrians and turning vehicles.

“Last financial year more than 800 car owners were booked around schools by parking officers manually issuing tickets.”

Cr Breene said the car would be highly visible and able to cover a lot of territory.

“With this new technology Council officers will simply drive through a school zone for example – and using GPS tracking will record the details of illegally parked cars – including those on footpaths.

“With the likelihood of being caught greatly increased, the best way to avoid an infringement notice being posted to your house, is to follow the rules.

“Council is providing an online education program through its Facebook page to remind all road users of the basic rules and regulations for parking in the City of Logan.”

Council has a full list of parking regulations, links to the Queensland Road Rules and other resources on its website at www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/fines/demerit/parking/