Light­en­ing the load on roads

New CCTV to en­force weight lim­its

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON Coun­cil has be­come the first lo­cal au­thor­ity to use spe­cial­ist CCTV to catch HGV driv­ers who breach weight re­stric­tions.

Cam­eras con­nected to an au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion sys­tem will be used to iden­tify large ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing 7.5 tonnes that are ac­cess­ing roads in the bor­ough con­trary to weight re­stric­tions.

The weight lim­its ap­ply to the max­i­mum per­mit­ted weight of ve­hi­cles, so even if the HGV is empty or partly-loaded, they’ll still be sub­ject to the pro­hi­bi­tions.

Tim Daniels, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of Vide­al­ert, the sys­tem be­ing used in Hilling­don, said: “This pro­vides coun­cils with a cost­ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient way to make weight limit re­stric­tions re­ally work.

“This fully man­aged ser­vice is highly flex­i­ble, al­low­ing ad­di­tional sys­tems to be in­stalled or ex­ist­ing ones re­moved to meet lo­cal needs with­out sad­dling coun­cils with ob­so­lete tech­nol­ogy.

“It also en­ables coun­cils, as and when leg­is­lated, to rapidly de­ploy en­force­ment of the full range of other mov­ing traf­fic of­fences in­clud­ing banned turns, yel­low box junc­tions, bus lanes and park­ing of­fences on keep clears out­side schools.”

Con­tra­ven­tions are au­to­mat­i­cally cap­tured at the time they oc­cur and trans­ferred to an ex­ter­nal server with­out the need for us­ing any coun­cil IT in­fra­struc­ture or com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works.

Ev­i­dence col­lected is re­motely re­viewed and pro­cessed by the coun­cil’s en­force­ment con­trac­tor staff us­ing stan­dard web browsers be­fore con­firmed of­fences are sent to the PCN back of­fice sys­tem for pro­cess­ing.

Civil en­force­ment in­cludes the plan­ning, sup­ply, in­stal­la­tion, com­mis­sion­ing and on­go­ing main­te­nance of on-street equip­ment, such as the latest dig­i­tal cam­eras and all as­so­ci­ated com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­nec­tiv­ity.

It al­lows the equip­ment to be moved and re­lo­cated as re­quired to meet Hilling­don’s tac­ti­cal re­quire­ments.

There will be a ‘whitelist’ to al­low HGVs to ac­cess lo­cal shops, busi­nesses and residential prop­er­ties for de­liv­er­ies and re­movals.

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