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Title: BPA Ltd admit ANPR technology used for enforcement is 99% accurate
Post by: Web Admin on 11 April, 2019, 05:55:41 PM

The British Parking Association for car park operators told The Sunday Telegraph that ANPR was “99 per cent accurate”.

A spokesman said: “Problems can arise when they drive very close together if there is a queue or the weather is poor. There can be instances where old plates are not read properly.”


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Free car parking loophole is being exploited by classic car owners - Here’s how it works

CLASSIC car owners in Britain are exploiting a parking loophole in Britain which allows them to avoid paying any parking charges.

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Classic car owners in the UK are getting free parking due to the exploitation of a loophole. Certain car parks across Britain use high-technology cameras to enforce fines and punishments. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) software is used to scan the car registration plate when it enters and exits the car park, noting down the time and details of the plate. Some car parks do not even have barriers in place to prevent drivers from entering and exiting the car park.

Classic car owners are managing to get away without paying these fees due to the usual non-standard number plates allowed on vehicles made before 1975.

Rules introduced in 2015 allows the use of the silver and black number plates on ‘historic vehicles’.

This move has caused some confusion with the technology which is failing to pick up the licence details as it does not follow the standard plate format.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs told The Sunday Telegraph that as many as 20 of its members had been exploiting the loophole.

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The silver and black number plates aren't being recognised by ANPR cameras (Image: GETTY)

“In the cases of supermarkets you wouldn’t be challenged at all because the system simply wouldn’t recognise you had ever been there,” a spokesman said.

Editor of the Classic Car David Sinister detailed how has been enjoying the free parkignbeneftis of owning a classic car.

The vintage MGB GT driver told The Sunday Telegraph: “The car park I used wasn’t barrier-operated, so when you drove in it had a little LCD matrix screen which will tell you your registration number and how long you were allowed to park there – but it would never recognise it.

“I could park there at 8am, go shopping all day, leave it there for a week and nobody would be any the wiser.

“For me personally, it’s not been a bad thing, but I appreciate it does have more serious implications.”

Despite the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) admitted that the plate could be misread, they are really involved in any criminality as they are often very easily identifiable.

The British Parking Association for car park operators told The Sunday Telegraph that ANPR was “99 per cent accurate”.

A spokesman said: “Problems can arise when they drive very close together if there is a queue or the weather is poor. There can be instances where old plates are not read properly.”


https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/1110267/Classic-car-parking-loophole-UK-free-ANPR-cameras (https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/1110267/Classic-car-parking-loophole-UK-free-ANPR-cameras)
Title: Re: BPA Ltd admit ANPR technology used for enforcement is 99% accurate
Post by: coco on 12 April, 2019, 07:19:10 AM
During the year 2017 - 2018 the private parking "industry" issued 5.56 million invoices. Well over 50% of these were on the "evidence" of ANPR cameras. Let us assume 60% were ANPR invoices. Even if the cameras are 99% accurate (and remember this figure is from the notoriously unreliable BPA Limited) this still means that no fewer than 33,900 motorists have been unlawfully issued with parking charge invoices. The majority of these will be for around £100 which means that the "industry" has raked in some £3.39 million pounds unlawfully.
Title: Re: BPA Ltd admit ANPR technology used for enforcement is 99% accurate
Post by: Overlord on 12 April, 2019, 05:42:49 PM
 :idea: Well, the answer is to do away with the ANPR system altogether and install barriers where you get a ticket on entry and pay at a machine which marks your ticket as paid. Then insert your ticket at the exit barrier. Simple. It works fine here in Sutton.