Whitehorse 2-hour parking rule enforcement goes high tech

Whitehorse bylaw officers are now using licence plate recognition software and an onboard camera to collect photo evidence of drivers who stay too long in two-hour parking zones.

Whitehorse bylaw officers are now using licence plate recognition software and an onboard camera to collect photo evidence of drivers who stay too long in two-hour parking zones.

Whitehorse bylaw officers are now using licence plate recognition software and an onboard camera to collect photo evidence of drivers who stay too long in two-hour parking zones.

"In a nutshell, it reads licence plates, it registers and remembers what date and time that it saw them and then it keeps track of them via GPS," says Kevin Hildebrand, a senior constable with Bylaw Services.

"Then when the officer goes back to re-chalk the area, it notifies of any that have parked overtime."

Officers will start issuing tickets using the new technology in the second week of June. Right now, drivers are just getting a warning for exceeding their stay in two-hour zones.

The city's traffic bylaw has been amended. After parking in a two-hour spot, drivers are required to leave the zone for two hours before they can return to the same side of the street.

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