Council to spend £600k on installing ANPR cameras

An ANPR camera
Motorists caught by the new cameras face a fine of £35 if paid within 21 days, rising to £70 if paid any later [Getty Images]

New automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are set to be installed in four Nottingham city locations.

The city council said it would spend £600,000 over three years to install the cameras, which will be backed by enforcement powers.

All the areas already have regulations in place, but they can currently only be enforced by police officers spotting offences, the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) said.

The money for the cameras will come from income left over from fines given to motorists caught driving in bus lanes or stopping on red routes.

'Unnecessary congestion'

This account currently has a surplus of £3,026,175, according to the LDRS.

One of the cameras will be positioned at the junction of Sheriffs Way, Queen's Road and Arkwright Street in a bid to better prevent banned right and left turns.

"Turning vehicles are in direct conflict with a green man pedestrian phasing, creating a significant risk to road users and causes unnecessary congestion on Queen's Road," a council report on the plan said.

Extra cameras will also be installed on Maid Marian Way, at the junction with Friar Lane, to prevent U-turns, as well as in Shakespeare Street, from the junction with Goldsmith Street, to stop motorists driving in a pedestrian-friendly area on Nottingham Trent University's city campus.

Finally, cameras will be installed at a point on the Victoria Embankment, where driving is banned, from a point in line with Wilford Suspension Bridge in a north-westerly direction.

The council said a public consultation in 2022 showed 73% of 345 people who responded said the new powers were a good idea.

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