U.K. Officials Want To Install Camera's That Disable Gas Pumps From Fueling Uninsured Cars. Brilliant Or Big Brother?
Downing Street officials hope a hi-tech system will crack down on motorists who drive without insurance. Under a new government plan Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are fit to be installed in the forecourts of petrol stations across the U.K. the cameras will automatically stop uninsured and untaxed vehicles from being fueled. Drivers will only be able to fuel their automobile once the camera has captured and logged the vehicles license plate. Currently the system is only designed to keep motorist from driving off without paying for gas. But under the new plan, the camera will cross-reference with the DVLA’s database automatically. If a car is flagged as being untaxed or uninsured the system will not approve the transaction.
According to the DVLA approximately 1 in 25 drivers are not insured in the U.K. and about 160 people are killed and 23,000 are injured each year by uninsured and untraceable drivers. Downing Street Officials hopes this measure will force drivers to insure and tax their car if they intend on driving it.
However, some petrol retailers are claiming the proposals are going a step too far. Stating that Their cashiers are not law enforcement officers and this measure will increase the potential for conflict, which they’re already getting more than enough of due to high fuel prices.
Downing Street Officials are due to meet representatives from the major fuel companies within the next couple of weeks to discuss this measure.
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