Caught in the Act: Street Sweepers Fitted With Cameras Join the Effort to Produce Vehicle-Free Cleaning Routes

This describes a new program that uses cameras mounted on street sweepers to identify parking violators. Chicago and Washington, D.C., are two jurisdictions that are preparing to test the technology. In D.C., there are typically 90 violations per route, causing three cars’ worth of road surface to miss getting cleaned per violator. For every 10 miles that a sweeper misses, 100 pounds of oil and grease and 30 pounds of phosphorous, which causes algae growth in waterways, are missed. For D.C., the cameras would be an outgrowth of a license plate recognition program launched in 2006. Cameras will only be used on residential routes and will be mounted on 20 sweepers. The cost of the equipment and the system to translate camera images to image recognition platforms are described. Violators are able to view the images and pay their fines online. It is hoped that the feedback will help change parking behavior and reduce violations.


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  • Accession Number: 01103889
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2008 2:26PM