Number plate recognition system 'like North Korea' says resident

Bucks Free Press: The idyllic riverside town of Marlow could soon resemble authoritarian Pyongyang, according to one BFP reader The idyllic riverside town of Marlow could soon resemble authoritarian Pyongyang, according to one BFP reader

THE DECISION to introduce number plate recognition to car parks in the Wycombe district has been likened to the actions of a shadowy authoritarian regime.

Wycombe District Council have been trialling the new barrier system in Wycombe car parks and intend to roll it out across the area from this month.

Councillors hope it will allow for greater flexibility and render parking tickets a thing of the past as people pay on exit.

But angry reader Chris Burmajster wrote to the Free Press to complain that the move takes surveillance of our every day actions too far and resembles the actions of the hardline dictatorship.

He said: “Why is the council introducing ANPR in car parks? It's a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Unless the real reason is the spread of the Surveillance State.

“They already track the movements of millions of innocent citizens going about their lawful business via ANPR and CCTV.

“Now they'll know where you parked and for how long. Have they been taking lessons from North Korea?”

However, instead of using the information for nefarious purposes in a similar way to the secretive, potentially nuclear-armed state, the council insists the system makes parking easier and allows driver to only pay for the time they use.

It works by reading number plates as they enter and exit car-parks and automatically calculates how long vehicles have stayed.

Payment can be made by cash, credit card, via the internet or on their mobile phones, with the council hopeful parking tickets will no longer be issued.

There is also the potential to introduce more flexible permits for long term parkers such as town centre staff in towns like Marlow and High Wycombe.



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2:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

thethe says...

Chris Burmajster, you should stop talking such complete and utter gibberish and go visit North Korea, or Zimbabwe. Or perhaps read a book about East Germany before such idiotic statements.
Chris Burmajster, you should stop talking such complete and utter gibberish and go visit North Korea, or Zimbabwe. Or perhaps read a book about East Germany before such idiotic statements. thethe
  • Score: 16

2:46pm Fri 20 Jun 14

big don g the 1st says...

I prefer it as you can just park up & go about your business. Also no need to make sure you have change when you get there.

If you have nothing to hide, you shouldn't fear the cameras. Although one does intrude on my back garden a bit which I'm not too happy about...
I prefer it as you can just park up & go about your business. Also no need to make sure you have change when you get there. If you have nothing to hide, you shouldn't fear the cameras. Although one does intrude on my back garden a bit which I'm not too happy about... big don g the 1st
  • Score: 3

2:57pm Fri 20 Jun 14

GrouchoBarx says...

With car ownership at about 1 per 10,000 inhabitants I suspect car parking is a less contentious issue in North Korea. In fact contentious issues are pretty thin on the ground all round. The Dear Leader's sorted that!
With car ownership at about 1 per 10,000 inhabitants I suspect car parking is a less contentious issue in North Korea. In fact contentious issues are pretty thin on the ground all round. The Dear Leader's sorted that! GrouchoBarx
  • Score: 12

7:32pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sparky49 says...

thethe wrote:
Chris Burmajster, you should stop talking such complete and utter gibberish and go visit North Korea, or Zimbabwe. Or perhaps read a book about East Germany before such idiotic statements.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]thethe[/bold] wrote: Chris Burmajster, you should stop talking such complete and utter gibberish and go visit North Korea, or Zimbabwe. Or perhaps read a book about East Germany before such idiotic statements.[/p][/quote]Well said sparky49
  • Score: 4

7:34pm Fri 20 Jun 14

WycombeMan&Boy says...

As a result of these anprs I don't use these car parks anymore. Well done WDC it's on street parking for me now on the rare occasions that I have to venture into HW town centre.
As a result of these anprs I don't use these car parks anymore. Well done WDC it's on street parking for me now on the rare occasions that I have to venture into HW town centre. WycombeMan&Boy
  • Score: -10

9:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

KrissieJS says...

I can't see a problem. pay on exit. so what about the cameras, I have got nothing to hide.
I can't see a problem. pay on exit. so what about the cameras, I have got nothing to hide. KrissieJS
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Sat 21 Jun 14

MellyJ says...

Get a life Chris!!
Get a life Chris!! MellyJ
  • Score: 1

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