We think we’ve got it bad with traffic wardens taking photos of our vehicles to make sure parking fines stick, but you wouldn’t want to own a car in Victoria, Australia.
At the moment so-called ‘grey ghosts’ patrol suburban streets on foot, marking tyres with chalk to keep a record of time limits.
But chalk-marked tyres are about to become a thing of the past as new drive-by spy cameras hit the streets and are expected to triple the number of parking fines issued to motorists.
The digital technology allows parking officers to automatically detect offences simply by driving past.
The ‘autoChalk’ system combines global positioning, lasers and cameras to record the shape, colour and registration details of every car parked along a street.
It remembers how long a car has been in one spot and fines over-stayers on the next drive-by.
The machine can scan more than 7000 cars an hour and records before and after images of offending cars just in case of a challenge!
Victorian parking enforcement company Tenix Solutions has already started testing autoChalk and a two-month trial is planned and the system could be rolled out for councils by June.
The system’s Canadian inventor boasts the technology triples the productivity of parking inspectors.
Tenix Solutions product manager Sally Damiani said autoChalk would stop motorists hogging timed spaces.
Katherine Clarkson, etyres National Accounts