Number Plate Recognition Cameras To Be Installed Across Merton

Council will start looking out for road offenders from June

New cameras using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) will be installed across Merton in all roads where there are yellow box junctions, no right turns and bus lanes.

The cameras will go up in April at all locations and Merton Borough Council will start operating them to catch motoring offenders from June.

The council says it’s installing the cameras in response to residents’ concerns about traffic congestion. A trial of the technology took place last year.

ANPR records offences automatically on a database and the council says they are processed much more efficiently than at present. 

It adds that it also frees up the time of civil enforcement officers who now spend time looking at CCTV footage, to allow them to focus on handling residents’ complaints about badly parked vehicles and take action in areas where there is a consistently high number of traffic contraventions.

The council says the location of all moving traffic restrictions that are enforced by camera are on its website at the following link: CCTV enforcement locations.

Merton’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders, said: “Residents have repeatedly told us that congestion is one of their top concerns and keeping Merton moving remains one of our top priorities.

“Enforcing is one way of encouraging people to obey the law of the road. ANPR will allow us to do so much more efficiently and with 100% accuracy, while freeing up officer time to tackle other areas of enforcement such as badly parked vehicles on our pavements.”

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March 18, 2016