ANPR cameras are to be used to enforce restrictions in Oxford’s low traffic neighbourhoods (LTN).

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is to start installing the number plate recognition devices imminently at six locations and expects to have them operational by week beginning April 29.

They will be at:

  • Cowley LTNs: Crescent Road, Littlehay Road and Littlemore Road
  • East Oxford LTNs: Divinity Road, James Street and Magdalen Road.

The cameras will replace bollards and motorists going through the restriction points will be sent penalty charge notices. Emergency, waste, and postal service vehicles will be exempt. Further exemptions include taxi and private hire vehicles. Buses will also be exempt at the Littlemore Road point.

Bill Cotton, OCC’s corporate director for environment and place, said: “LTNs make residential streets safer and more comfortable for walking, wheeling and cycling. The decision to replace six closure points with ANPR cameras follows public consultations and close engagement with the emergency services.

“ANPR cameras will allow emergency service and other essential vehicles to travel through these six points. During unexpected incidents we may also have more flexibility to arrange traffic diversions.

“LTNs are designed to work with other measures, like our trial traffic filters, to reduce the need to travel by car and improve journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport. We will continue to monitor the LTN areas and will review the need for ANPR cameras and exemptions when we trial the traffic filters from this Autumn.”

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