Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) is deploying an electric vehicle to enforce a range of civil traffic contraventions including digital resident parking permit zones, ‘Keep clears’ outside schools, bus stops and bus lanes.
The Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle (MEV) will also help B&NES to carry out traffic surveys as well as monitoring and enforcing the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which is set to go live in the city centre during 2021.
Bath’s zone is a Class C, or charging, scheme. Access charges will be levied on higher polluting buses, coaches, HGVs, LGVs, vans, private hire vehicles and taxis. However, there will be exemptions for private cars and motorbikes.
Chris Major, group manager for transport and parking at B&NES said: “Videalert’s hosted video platform is multi-purpose and allows us to quickly and easily extend the reach of our enforcement activities.
“We can now use fixed and mobile CCTV enforcement cameras mounted on electric MEVs, both cars and bikes, enabling us to achieve compliance whilst demonstrating that we are serious about driving through clean air initiatives.”
The MEV is a Peugeot 208e with a 47kW battery, which should give a range of between 170 and 200 miles from a full charge. The car is fitted with Videalert’s suite of traffic enforcement and management software.
Two roof-mounted Stingray modules are installed front and rear, each with two ANPR cameras and upgraded infra-red lighting, which accurately capture crisp images of reflective number plates at distances of up to 40 metres.
The MEV will deliver high levels of productivity as number plate read rates of over 98% can be achieved in a wide range of applications with vehicles being driven at normal road speeds and includes a full-colour overview module to capture contextual images of contraventions.
Images of contraventions are transmitted to Videalert’s hosted digital video platform where evidence packs can be viewed and validated prior to sending to the council’s back office system for the issuance of penalty charge notices (PCNs).
Videalert’s hosted platform means there is no need to install additional IT at the council’s offices. To reduce the number of appeals, PCN recipients can view still photographs and video footage of the alleged offence over the internet.
When used to monitor and enforce the CAZ, the MEV will capture number plates and compare them with those that have been captured by the perimeter static cameras. If the same vehicle is captured multiple times on the same day only one file is processed before being transferred to the central system for determining compliance and processing payment.
Tim Daniels, client development director at Videalert, said: “This contract demonstrates how a single video data platform can support multiple applications, enabling councils to address the challenges of improving traffic congestion and air quality simultaneously.”
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