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If they are breaking the law, can't they be towed?
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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.”


See full article below for context

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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.



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.


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
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Councils accused of breaking pollution laws to enforce 'green' road closures

Vehicles with the system have been spotted parked up with their engines running while trying to catch drivers emerging from shut roads

By
Steve Bird
12 December 2020 • 5:59pm



ANPR cars enforcing green roads are idling to power CCTV cameras fitted to the vehicle in Enfield

Councils have been accused of breaking pollution laws by leaving stationary cars idling for hours to power mobile CCTV cameras fining motorists breaching newly closed roads introduced as part of Grant Shapps’s so-called “green transport revolution”, The Telegraph can reveal....

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/12/councils-use-idling-cars-power-anpr-cameras-fine-motorists-breaching/






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As a result of the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) - many of which are in London - a large number of people are now organising themselves to protest against them.

One such person is an Enfield resident and he has started to question (see links below) why $camera cars are allowed to sit there with their engines idling, something for which any other driver would be fined if they were caught.

It was 10 years ago that Boyo raised this same issue with Wastemonster CC, and it is worth re-reading his thread here
(http://notomob.co.uk/discussions/index.php?topic=138.msg901#msg901) to see how Wastemonster dealt with the issue back then.

However, the difference now is that since 2010, councils up and down the country have pounced on environmental issues as a way of squeezing every last drop of cash out of motorists.

So by jumping on the green bandwagon they are now exposed as the hypocrites we have always known them to be.


KARMA is the word that springs to mind...

https://twitter.com/i/status/1335278663173087235

https://twitter.com/i/status/1335938862464585729
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The Waffle Box / Re: Christmiss
« Last post by Coco on 28 November, 2020, 10:40:35 AM »
My family have reluctantly agreed that it would be too dangerous for our more elderly relatives (including myself) to have our traditional family get together at Christmas.

Instead we are going to postpone Christmas for six months and will have our CHRISTMISS day on Saturday 26th June 2021. By that time we should be all vacccined up and therefore able to belatedly celebrate Christmas without the fear of Coronavirus hanging over us.

Just a thought.  :idea:

A very good idea if enough people signed up for it.

Funny, I was just thinking what a good idea that would be. Trouble is, Christmas isn't quite the same in the middle of the summer. Some years ago, I spent Christmas with my family in New Zealand. I just couldn't get into the swing of it! <Yeahthat>

I'm not so sure - the weather might be quite Christmasy in June. This was june this year!  :o

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The Waffle Box / Re: Christmiss
« Last post by Overlord on 27 November, 2020, 08:23:18 PM »
Funny, I was just thinking what a good idea that would be. Trouble is, Christmas isn't quite the same in the middle of the summer. Some years ago, I spent Christmas with my family in New Zealand. I just couldn't get into the swing of it! <Yeahthat>
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The Waffle Box / Christmiss
« Last post by The Bald Eagle on 26 November, 2020, 06:22:15 AM »
My family have reluctantly agreed that it would be too dangerous for our more elderly relatives (including myself) to have our traditional family get together at Christmas.

Instead we are going to postpone Christmas for six months and will have our CHRISTMISS day on Saturday 26th June 2021. By that time we should be all vacccined up and therefore able to belatedly celebrate Christmas without the fear of Coronavirus hanging over us.

Just a thought.  :idea:
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General No To Mob Discussion / Re: Proof that ANPR cameras in car parks don't work
« Last post by Overlord on 08 November, 2020, 02:51:50 PM »
He should have been awarded compensation equal to the amount they were trying to thieve off him.
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General No To Mob Discussion / Re: Proof that ANPR cameras in car parks don't work
« Last post by Web Admin on 06 November, 2020, 01:32:44 PM »
#176

"...he spent three minutes parked in a private car park behind the hotel on Tombland - just long enough to read the sign and opt not to stay."

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‘Common sense prevails’ - Court case over three minutes of parking is thrown out

PUBLISHED: 09:01 21 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:06 21 December 2019


Lewis Taylor was taken to court over three minutes of parking. Pictured with wife Nikki and son Finley. Pictures; Lewis Taylor/Denise Bradley

A new father who was hauled before a court over a three minute parking charge has said he feels like he’s been “given an early Christmas” after his case was dismissed by the court.

Lewis Taylor, of Sprowston, was taken to Norfolk County Court by National Parking Enforcement, after he parked for a grand total of three minutes in the car park of the Maid's Head Hotel in Norwich almost two years ago.

Mr Taylor attended court on Friday, after weeks of stress anticipating the possibility of a court defeat and heavy costs to pay - just days before Christmas.

However, instead, the case was dismissed by the court and his £100 parking charge rescinded - much to the 28-year-old carpenter's relief.

He said: "I definitely could have done without the stress of attending court, but in the end the case was dealt with in less time than I was actually in the car park for.

"It's like I've been given an early Christmas present. I was really pleased to see that common sense prevailed in the end."

Mr Taylor, who is preparing to celebrate his new son Finley's first Christmas with wife Nikki, was summoned to court after ignoring a £100 charge issued by the controversial private parking firm.

It related to an incident on March 15, 2018, in which he spent three minutes parked in a private car park behind the hotel on Tombland - just long enough to read the sign and opt not to stay.

He said: "It has been a big stress, but I always knew I hadn't done anything wrong. The court obviously felt the same way, so happy days.

"My advice to anyone else in the same situation would be if you believe you are in the right, stand up for yourself.

"If I had been in the car park for three hours then of course I'd have held my hands up to it, but what I did wasn't unreasonable.

"The charge wasn't astronomical and we could have coped but it was a matter of principle and I'm glad I saw it through."


https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/sprowston-father-parking-charge-dismissed-1-6435760
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General No To Mob Discussion / Re: Nurses "hounded" by bailiffs over parking fines
« Last post by scalyback on 05 November, 2020, 06:37:09 PM »
"Clapped in chains' for the NHS anyone?
The parking charges and these fines should all be cancelled while the current crisis is on.
Parking charges at hospitals for staff should be cancelled for good.
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