Seventeen locations across Nottinghamshire are set to be brought under ANPR camera surveillance. Releasing a statement on the above concern, the Nottinghamshire County Council, in mid-May, informed that ANPR deployment is tied to the council’s effort to boost its traffic enforcement for efficiently checking contravention of road laws across Nottinghamshire.
Under the plan, six bus lanes and 11 “hotspot” bus stops across the county will be monitored with ANPR surveillance cameras. It is expected to help ensure motorists don’t block buses from using bus lanes or bus stops, reported Nottinghamshire Live. Southbound bus-only lanes on Woodthorpe’s Mansfield Road, Nuthall’s Nottingham Road, and Leeming Lane South and West Gate in Mansfield Woodhouse would be brought under ANPR surveillance.
The eastbound bus-only lane on Mansfield’s Bridge Street and the northbound bus-only lane on West Bridgford’s Bridgford Road will also be targeted for ANPR monitoring to clamp down on cars that violate traffic regulations. Locations of the bus lanes brought under ANPR monitoring include Retford Road and Newcastle Avenue in Worksop, Broomhill Road in Hucknall, Woodborough Road in Mapperley, Beeston’s High Road, Newark’s Castle Gate, Ravensdale Road and Ling Forest Road in Mansfield, and West Bridgford’s Davies Road and Radcliffe Road.
According to the council, while around one in five vehicles passing through the bus lanes of these 17 locations are cars, installing an ANPR camera has become imperative. Bringing the areas under ANPR monitoring would help the authority crack down on motorists who block bus stops by breaching bus lanes or bus stop rules.
Under the plan, motorists identified contravening the bus lane rules could be issued a fine of up to 70. However, this fine would be halved if it’s paid within 14 days of charging it.
The Nottinghamshire County Council confirms it’s committed to conducting more surveys and monitoring other bus lanes of the county to identify areas with “significant contravention” of traffic rules.
In addition, the council detailed its plan to enforce stringent ANPR surveillance in any new bus lane introduced across the county as part of its effort to ensure motorists drive consciously and compliance is bolstered in all areas. The authority expects the ANPR monitoring system to make the roads safer for residents and travellers while easing management.
“It is hoped that, with an increased number of enforced bus lanes, motorists will become more aware, and compliance will improve at all locations,” stated the council in a report. “It is also proposed that any new bus lanes will be introduced with camera enforcement from the outset, and motorists will be given an appropriate notice period to get used to the new measure.”
The council confirmed reevaluating the existing lining and signage at all the pinpointed bus priority sites as part of the scheme to ensure that motorists are fully cognizant of the traffic regulations and camera enforcement.
Built on optical character recognition (OCR) technology, an ANPR system is a high-speed image capture device that can recognize and read vehicle registration plates as they pass through the device’s infrared camera. Leveraging high-end ANPR integration systems such as ZatPark boosts efficiency by ensuring seamless recording and processing of captured ANPR images. Sophisticated integration technologies use high-end tools that help elongate enforcement hours while minimising administration without adding to the financial overheads. Designated authorities can leverage the recorded location and vehicle registration plate data for traffic management and law enforcement tasks. High-end automated ANPR technologies offer 100% capture rate accuracy under recommended lighting conditions.
That said, Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to monitor the bus stops “frequently blocked by other vehicles” using five static ANPR surveillance cameras on a rotational basis.
The decision to enforce ANPR monitoring in 17 “hotspot” locations across Nottinghamshire was taken during a delegated meeting held on May 15.
After approving the scheme, Neil Clarke (Con), Councillor – Chairman Transport & Environment Committee said, “We want to enforce bus lanes as there have been complaints of other road users using them. We want to make sure buses get priority as that’s what bus lanes are for, so enforcing it is the right thing to do.”
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