County Council now allowed to use automatic number plate recognition cameras


The authority will be able to use the cameras to spot infringements such as stopping in yellow box junctions and illegal turns

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras can now be used by Oxfordshire County Council to enforce traffic regulations in their area.   The authority is one of the first to obtain government permission.

The cameras could be used to spot infringements such as stopping in yellow box junctions, illegal turns, and vehicles ignoring road restrictions.

The initial phase of the project will not see any cameras deployed in Banbury, with eleven locations selected in and around Oxford.

The Council says these sites were selected using information provided by Thames Valley Police, plus traffic and congestion monitoring data. A public consultation demonstrated support for the proposal.   More locations around the county will be considered in the future.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “We are delighted to be among the first wave of councils to be given these powers. Residents are desperate for us to tackle law breakers on our roads, and they are frustrated that a minority of drivers are getting away with dangerous or antisocial behaviour.

“Getting the powers to install cameras to make our roads safer was one of the priorities of this administration. Now that the government has approved our application to take on these delegated powers, we can make Oxfordshire’s roads safer and less congested.”

Revenue from the fines generated by the ANPR cameras will be retained by Oxfordshire County Council to cover the camera’s maintenance and management costs.

This is the first time any local authorities outside London and Cardiff have had the opportunity to apply for these powers. The police will continue to retain their power to enforce traffic regulations in the area.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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