A Golden Opportunity?
To relieve congestion, Mayor Ken Livingston introduced a vehicle charge to the city of London, the first major city in Europe to introduce such an extensive road pricing system. Motorists entering central London must pay 5 pounds (US$8) each day. Nonpayment results in a fine of 80 pounds (US$128). Around 30 cities in the United Kingdom are also considering introducing vehicle charges. The London plan presently covers 21 kilometers or 1.3% of the total area of Greater London, and it may eventually be extended outwards. The Capita Group is managing the London congestion-charging plan. It uses stationary camera-based technology rather than satellite tracking as its mode of vehicle recognition. This plan has a network of 200 enforcement camera sites throughout the charging zone, and has an additional 64 monitoring camera sites in central London. Closed-circuit TV-type cameras provide high quality video-stream signals to an Automatic Number Plate Recognition computer system and they monitor each single lane of traffic at both entry and exit points. There is an estimated 85% capture rate. The database is continually cross-referenced against another database of drivers who have paid the charge, are exempt, or those drivers with resident discounts. Automatic cross-checking between the two databases continues until all the drivers that have paid their fines are eliminated from the database.
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- Smith, Patrick
- Publication Date: 2003-4
- Media Type: Print
- Features: Photos;
- Pagination: pp 63-64, 66
- TRT Terms: Automatic vehicle detection and identification systems; Closed circuit television; Congestion management systems; Databases; Fines (Penalties); Road pricing; User charges; Vehicle detectors; Video cameras; Video imaging detectors
- Identifier Terms: Capita Group
- Geographic Terms: London (England)
- Subject Areas: Finance; Highways; Operations and Traffic Management;
- Accession Number: 01011011
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 28 2005 10:14AM