Drivers who break the law will be targeted using the nationwide ANPR camera network, helping improve road safety, DVSA has announced.

DVSA is trialling access to the National ANPR Service (NAS) until April 2020.

It will combine Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data with specialist analysis and intelligence to enforce:

  • MOTs on cars and light goods vehicles
  • Drivers’ hours offences
  • Tachograph manipulation
  • Learner driver and instruction offences

DVSA Director of Enforcement Marian Kitson said:

“DVSAs priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are determined to do more to tackle those drivers who flout the law and endanger people’s lives.

“By trialling the use of the existing ANPR camera network, we are looking at how we can tackle illegal and dangerous drivers who put people’s lives at risk every day.”

With the evidence that ANPR data provides, offences will be more effectively detected, disrupted and deterred through fixed penalties, regulatory action from Traffic Commissioners, and even prosecutions.

DVSA hopes that by punishing those who chose to be non-compliant, it helps ensure that they don’t prosper over compliant operators.

20 June is Surveillance Camera Day in the UK

It’s the start of a national conversation about how surveillance cameras are used in practice, why they’re used and who is using them.

DVSA believe that the conversation about how and why surveillance cameras are used is an important one.

It’s a conversation about how camera technology is evolving, especially around automatic face recognition, artificial intelligence and what the benefits and risks are for society.

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