This autumn, cameras will be set up in the city centre of Groningen to keep track of vehicles in the area outside of permitted hours.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the pilot programme will use cameras that can read license plates in order to fine drivers caught violating the local traffic hours. The pilot will be carried out on the Poelestraat, the Peperstraat and the Brugstraat.
According to Groningen mayor Peter den Oudsten, the number of motorised vehicles in the centre outside of permitted hours is on the rise and creating a nuisance. Special investigating officers already monitor the area, but the municipal executive council says that is not a sufficient deterrent.
The cameras, which are equipped with license plate recognition software, will photograph the passing vehicles and fine drivers in the area outside of permitted hours. Most streets in the city centre only permit cars and lorries between 5 a.m. and noon, unless they have a special exemption from the municipality.
The pilot is set to start after the summer holidays and should continue through February, at which point it will be evaluated.