Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Brady Baroness Brady Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology is used only to detect and deter criminal activity rather than to enable the generation of parking fines.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government has prohibited the use of CCTV and ANPR for local authority on-street parking enforcement since 2015 under the Deregulation Act 2015 and the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2015. For reasons of child safety and congestion management, parking restrictions near schools, on red routes, in bus lanes, and at bus stand clearways are exempt from this ban. As part of its work to improve the safety of cycling, the Government intends to introduce another exemption that will enable the use of approved camera devices for enforcing parking restrictions in mandatory cycle lanes.

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