Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Engadget reports on something we need in South Africa... to keep tabs on crooked cops!!!

Engadget reports on Britain's innovative use of technology to track down illegal drivers. Can we ask the UK police to make a special version for South African's to track down crooked cops?
-- Note by Roy Blumenthal

U.K. uses license plate scanners to crack down on illegal drivers

By Donald Melanson

streets are about to get a bit less welcoming for anyone driving
illegally as soon as a planned fleet of vans packing license plate
scanners hit the roads. The vans, operated by the NCP car-parking
group, will be on the hunt for vehicles belonging to owners who haven't
paid their car taxes, and will follow a zero-tolerance policy, clamping
and impounding cars on sight, and crushing them if the driver doesn't
cough up the £80 release fee within seven days. Ouch, couldn't they
just sell 'em? At least then the owner can buy back his or her car for
thousands of pounds more than the release fee, but for thousands of
pounds less than what a new vehicle would set them back. Deets on the
specific system being used don't seem to have been made available, but
it sounds similar to the so-bad-it's-good-named Mobile Plate Hunter 900 put to use last year in California to catch stolen cars.

This story brought to you verbatim from Engadget.

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