Number plate recognition cameras to help prevent parking ‘abuse’ at Lancaster hospital

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New number plate recognition cameras are set to be deployed at hospitals across Lancaster and the South Lakes as part of a crackdown on those abusing the current parking system, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

The Trust Board of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which operates Royal Lancaster Infirmary, is bringing ANPR to the city hospital due to its ongoing issues with visitors “abusing” the current pay and display ticket system.

Foluke Ajayi, Chief Operating Officer at the trust, explained: “While the introduction of ANPR will not create any additional spaces, it will help deter people from abusing the current situation by paying for a pay and display ticket and then leaving their car for a long period of time, or not paying at all to park on Trust premises.”

It comes after ANPR systems were introduced to Royal Preston and Chorley hospitals in 2019, with operator ParkingEye receiving a number of complaints about how the system has operated. Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the now Speaker of the House of Commons, also publicly voiced his concern over the system.

Mr Ajayi admitted that the move to bring the system to Lancaster, as well as Furness General Hospital and Westmorland General Hospital, “may be controversial” due to issues that have occurred at other locations, but added that the trust is introducing a number of policies to reduce those with a bad experience of using ANPR car parks.


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