The City of Cape Town announced that some of their traffic service vehicles are equipped with Automatic License Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify cloned or duplicated license plates, which is a growing problem.
The technology enables the traffic service to scan the license plates of the surrounding vehicles while driving.
“These vehicles equipped with ANPR mean fewer traffic stops and instead concentrate on the vehicles marked by the system.
” It also helps in identifying cloned or duplicate license plates, which are a growing problem, pending subpoenas and pending arrest warrants, “MMC Security and Safety JP Smith said in a statement.
The city said in the past two months the traffic service received 445 complaints about duplicate license plates. Of these, 203 cases have been closed and the rest are still under investigation.
Smith said many motorists had the unfortunate experience of an administrative nightmare from someone else using the same license plate and fines. or to commit crimes.
The city that is already in use are portable devices linked to an application that allow officials to expedite the imposition of fines by gathering information electronically. < / p>
The devices can also scan a license plate or the vehicle window and instantly display the status of the vehicle and whether there are any fines associated with the license plate.
‘ANPR technology enables us to detect if the license plate matches the vehicle, and if not, officers can stop the driver, escort the vehicle to the traffic department and investigate the circumstances to see if it is an accidental copy of the license plates or something more sinister ”, Smith added.
The city said the traffic c-service records thousands of violations weekly.
Between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, Beam te:
– 1,930 arrests for drunk driving and reckless and negligent driving made
– 6,688 public transport confiscated
– 3,043 cell phones confiscated
< p> – More than 2.6 million crimes registered
“Unfortunately, many of the fines for these offenses remain unpaid for various reasons, which in turn leads to a large number of arrest warrants,” said Smith.
He said technologies like the ANPR cameras are useful for tracking down those who break the law.
“We have a culture of non-payment and disregard for law and order, and responsibility for their actions is a way to ensure better behavior on our streets and save lives, “said Smith.