Cameras have been deployed on a new road in Nottingham as part of a scheme allowing drivers of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles access to bus lanes.
The scheme is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, and is part of the city’s Go Ultra Low City initiative which is aimed at boosting the uptake of ULEVs across the region.
Vehicles qualify as ultra-low emission if they emit less than 75g/km of CO2 and with a capability of travelling a minimum range of 10 miles with zero CO2 emissions.
The new cameras have been installed along 1.4 mile stretch of the A612 Daleside Road, a major route into the city with high volumes of commuter and other traffic passing along it every day.
Installed by technology firm Siemens, 10 enforcement cameras along the route will monitor and enforce traffic using the bus lane.
Each LaneWatch camera monitors a section of the bus lane and makes use of ANPR technology to detect vehicles.
Onboard software then reads and checks the number plate of the vehicle against a DVLA vehicle emissions database in real-time to establish if it qualifies as an ULEV.
Vehicles that do not qualify are recorded and the evidence is later used to issue a Penalty Charge.
Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said: “There are more than 12 miles of bus lanes in Nottingham, designed to give public transport passengers fast, reliable services.
“We already work with Siemens to maintain our existing enforcement cameras, and we knew we could rely on them for our newest bus lane, which allows ULEV drivers too.â€?
The project sees Siemens install its 1,000th enforcement camera in operation around the UK.