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ANPR cameras to be trialled in Chiltern car parks
A CAMERA operated system is to be trialled at two car parks in the Chiltern district.
Members of Chiltern District Council yesterday rubber stamped the trial of using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras at two of the car parks it operates.
Councillors say the new system is likely to lead to fewer drivers taking a chance and not buying a ticket, and reduce the risk of vandalism to ticket machines.
Cameras read vehicle number plates as they enter and exit the car parks.
The system used in the Wycombe district allows motorists to pay their parking fees on the internet when they get home or set up an automated debit account, in addition to paying on return to their vehicles.
Catlings car park in front of Chesham Town Hall will have the new technology trialled there, and councillors also recommended a trial run at the Amersham multi storey car park in King George V Road.
New parking charges will also be implemented at Catlings car park and a council report said the ANPR system would make this easier to police.
Charges will now be in force from 7.30am-4pm and motorists will now be allowed a maximum stay of four hours, when previously it was three hours and charges were in operation until 6pm.
New parking bands of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes - effectively costing 1p a minute - will also be introduced after the council consulted with the town centre working group.
A council report said: "Officers are interested to observe the level of compliance within the earlier tariff bands and the effects of ‘free after 4pm’ will be interesting to monitor. These changes can only be accurately
observed via physical/recorded surveys or from ANPR enforcement.
"Introducing ANPR enforcement into the car parks might raise payment compliance and provide greater flexibility to the council for its tariff bands.
"The wider business case linked to reducing cash collection and risk of machine vandalism and theft and the increasing need to replace the current machines may support a case for taking ANPR further."
The trial will last for up to nine months, with councillors officially confirming the trial at Tuesday's cabinet meeting after it had been mooted last month.
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