Report on the inquiry into automatic number plate recognition technology

This report examines automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology and its potential benefits for road safety in Queensland. Despite growing usage of ANPR in Australia and other jurisdictions, the committee noted there have been very few empirical studies of the road safety benefits of ANPR, and could not justify its implementation in Queensland purely on road safety grounds. However the committee supports the continuing and further use of ANPR for traffic surveillance and policing on operational efficiency grounds. The report's six recommendations provide for: further research of the road safety benefits of ANPR to identify best practice approaches to its deployment to deter speeding, heavy vehicle offences, unlicensed driving and unregistered vehicle offences; crucial legislative safeguards for how ANPR images may be used and stored to protect the privacy of motorists whose movements are recorded; the resolution of technical problems that prevent ANPR devices reading some number plate designs; better signage on the Brisbane Urban Corridor to alert motorists that their images are being captured and recorded; and for a progress report by ministers for police, transport and main roads within 12 months on the implementation and/or evaluation of ANPR in Queensland.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 24p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 51

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01385790
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 7:14PM