Round two million motorists might be making their quantity plates “invisible” to ULEZ cameras to keep away from the £12.50 cost.
Reflective “stealth” tape that confuses quantity plate recognition know-how could be purchased for as little as £80 on-line. Faux quantity plates are even cheaper, beginning at simply £10.
It’s reported apprehensive officers have warned the federal government that the variety of drivers deploying ways to keep away from ULEZ following its enlargement final month will rocket.
An investigation by the police in June discovered six per cent of automobiles of had “ANPR-defeating materials”. The outcomes had been from an ANPR digital camera pointed at a street close to Gatwick which discovered 41 of 683 quantity plates recorded had been tampered with.
Much less refined motion has already been taken towards the site visitors cost scheme by some individuals, with the Met Police reporting final week a staggering 171 ULEZ cameras had been vandalised in simply over 14 days.
However Tony Porter, the UK’s former Surveillance Digicam Commissioner, stated plenty of drivers gained’t wish to take the chance of finishing up legal harm on a digital camera.
He informed the Telegraph: “Lots of people will suppose they do not wish to embark on legal harm of ULEZ cameras however can be tempted to physician their quantity plate to save lots of £12 a day.
“The shortage of regulation of the marketplace for plates means we’re exposing individuals to criminality.”
In one other instance of regulation flouting behaviour, 40 per cent of taxis and personal rent autos had been discovered to have utilized ANPR-beating coatings to their plates.
In a letter to the Dwelling Secretary Suella Braverman, Mr Porter referred to as for higher regulation of companies promoting merchandise that assist keep away from digital camera detection.
He wrote: “There’s an evident, severe – and wholly pointless – vulnerability to the integrity of the nationwide ANPR system which has implications for nationwide safety, regulation enforcement and the general public curiosity associated features which depend on its information.”
In response to the scores of ULEZ cameras being broken, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has deployed a fleet of digital camera vans to catch motorists – with 20 despatched out by Transport for London to fill gaps left by an absence of cameras or the place they’ve been vandalised.