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Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 644W, on parking fines, which local authorities use automatic number plate recognition technology for (a) civil parking enforcement and (b) traffic lane enforcement, according to records held by his Department; and on what date each local authority was certified to use such technology. (319801)

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology is not a required feature of a civil enforcement system, and any system that relied solely on ANPR evidence would not comply with the relevant legislation. Although the Department for Transport does not require information about the use of ANPR in all circumstances, our records show that the following local authorities use ANPR to assist the visual identification of vehicles when the evidence is reviewed and, in some cases, to prompt the recording of evidence.

(a) Traffic Management Act 2004—civil parking enforcement

Applicant

“Approved Device” certification granted

Nottingham city council

16 June 2008

London borough of Hackney

30 March 2009

Bournemouth borough council

9 June 2009

Basildon district council

7 July 2009

(b) Transport Act 2000—civil bus lane enforcement

Traffic authority

“Approved Device” certification granted

Nottingham city council

20 December 2007

London borough of Hackney

30 March 2009

Reading borough council

6 July 2009

Essex county council

28 July 2009

Bournemouth borough council

21 October 2009

Bath and North East Somerset council

19 November 2009

Liverpool city council

5 January 2010