Britain Implements New License Plate Monitoring System

May 26, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A new system that uses cameras to automatically log license plates has caused created mixed opinions in Britain.

The ANPR system has been used with some success over the last few months, and according to officials arrests have been raised by 40%. But the system is heavily unregulated, with legislation lagging behind the increase in technological policing.

That fact has led many to question the wisdom of increasing cameras in an area that already has a large number, and the ethical implications of logging the license plate numbers of every citizen driving by.

“There’s very little monitoring. I mean, my office has very limited powers,” Richard Thomas, the officer who runs the office responsible for handling the cameras, told the BBC.

“We have very limited resources. We are not actively monitoring that area. You’re right to ask the question. No one’s checking it at the moment”

While the British government has assured everyone that no one who is on the right side of the law has anything to fear, several members of the public have already been threatened with arrest, without justifiable cause.

So far local police accused of this have not responded to the allegations, though there have been promises to look into the cases, and create more reaching legislation to monitor this new system’s use.

Source: BBC


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