Thanks to an email correspondent for alerting us to the Mayor Of London Ken Livingstone's latest mass surveillance plans. He is proposing Yet Another Automatic Number Plate Recognition system, which will snoop on every vehicle entering or leaving the Greater London within the M25 orbital motorway, this time, under the pretext of enforcing a Low Emission Zone, to curb some diesel engine pollution, starting in 2008.
There are still unanswered questions about the controversial and privacy invasive London Congestion Charge scheme and its Westward Extension, ,
Low Emission Zone Consultation
This will cover all the 33 London Boroughs within the M25, but not the M25 itself, and will seek to limit particulate carbon air pollutants , which are mostly produced by pre-2001 vintage diesel engined lorries etc. through Yet Another Automatic Number Plate Recognition enforced system of fees (£100 to £200 a day) and fines (£ 1000 or more).
Unlike the London Congestion Charge, presumably this LEZ scheme will need to be run 24/7 and at weekends."It is proposed that the LEZ would be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras similar to those used for Congestion Charging. Fixed cameras would be supplemented by mobile patrol units fitted with ANPR cameras"
Why have they chosen the most intrusive and privacy unfriendly "control freak" way of enforcing this anti-pollution policy ?
It is not possible for ANPR cameras to monitor just HGVs, they must pick up all vehicles. Surely there will be the temptation to feed this system into the controversial National ANPR Database, and to retain the traffic movement data on millions of innocent drivers for 2 to 6 years, or more ?