License Plate Recognition System Nears
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George has signed a contract for the delivery of a license plate recognition program that will be put to use in the Downtown core.
There are still some bylaw amendments that will need to be made before the new system can be operational. It’s expected those amendments ( details of which are not yet available) will be put before Council for consideration when it meets at the end of August.
It’s been nearly a year since City Council approved a downtown parking plan, which expanded the downtown parking zone to cover an area from 1st Avenue to Patricia Boulevard, and from Scotia Street on the east to Winnipeg Street on the west.and made some changes to allowable time limits. Most on street free parking was extended to 3 hours, except for a stretch on Victoria from 1st to 7th, which saw maximum limits reduced to 30 minutes.
The plan is all about eliminating the hop-scotch game played by some drivers who, when approaching the end of their free time limit, move their vehicles to another spot on the street or in the zone.
In September of last year, when the plan was revised, Staff suggested the City move to a system where a vehicle’s consecutive time in the zone would be recorded, so in order to avoid being ticketed, the vehicle would have to either move out of the zone, or to a City lot/parkade and pay the hourly rate.
That’s where the license plate recognition (lpr) system comes to play. One City vehicle, outfitted with the license plate recognition equipment , could patrol the zone and could keep track of a vehicle’s consecutive time.
The cost of the license plate recognition plan has not yet been made public, but the budget for the lpr system and new signage is $450 thousand dollars.