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Mobile parking ticket cameras recognising number plates to become permanent fixture in Canberra

New technology will allow ACT parking inspectors to patrol as much as 30 times more road an hour than they are currently able to on foot.

Vehicle-mounted licence plate recognition cameras allowing inspectors to easily photograph and ticket illegally-parked cars will be permanently adopted in the ACT following trials earlier this year.

Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay said the government would immediately begin ticketing drivers using the technology.

"During the trial, Access Canberra parking inspectors in most cases provided warnings to Canberrans who were found to be parked illegally or overstaying their parking as detected through LPR," he said.

"This provided an opportunity to inform and educate the community in key areas where it will be used.

"Access Canberra will now commence the issuing of infringements from this week, with the technology playing an important role in supporting safe parking."


Trials of the new technology took place in Manuka, Reid, Garran, Belconnen and Campbell.

Licence plate recognition technology uses a vehicle-mounted camera to snap pictures of cars, to determine whether they have overstayed their parking limit or have parked illegally.

Since the trial finished on 1 September, more than 1,000 infringement notices have been issued as a result of the scheme. 

Mr Ramsay said the cameras allowed 30 kilometres of roadside parking to be inspected every hour, compared with one or two kilometres every hour inspected by wardens.

"Particular areas of focus will be roadside parking around our schools and around businesses in our town centres," Mr Ramsay said.

"These areas often have a high volume of pedestrian traffic and ensuring crossings and visibility, such as through double parking, are not obscured is critical for safety.

"Preventing overstaying in parking areas near businesses is also central to supporting 'churn' or turnover in parking so more customers can access these areas."

On any given day there will be two inspector cars on the road, with a focus on school zones and town centres. 

Parking wardens would still be used to keep an eye on some outdoor parking areas, Mr Ramsay added.

Tickets generated using the recognition technology would be posted to drivers, while tickets issued by parking wardens would continue to be left on windscreens.