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Controversial parking cameras in Burntwood have been removed after a local councillor raised concerns over the reliability of the system.
The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system had been operating in the Sankeys Corner car park.
But a number of drivers have complained about being fined for exceeding the three hour parking limit.
The cameras have now been removed after complaints were raised with the British Parking Association.
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Cllr Steve Norman, Labour representative for the Chase Terrace ward on Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council, said: “My colleagues have had a number of residents who have contact us since July, when the cameras were installed, to say they had parked for less than 20 minutes – perhaps on two consecutive days – and were receiving parking notices to say they were there over 24 hours.
“One disabled driver who lives less than a mile away was being fined £60 – £100 if paid in 28 days – for being there for eight hours.”
Cllr Norman had suggested the cameras breached the British Parking Association’s code of practice, which states:
You must keep any ANPR equipment you use in your car parks in good working order. You need to make sure the data you are collecting is accurate, securely held and cannot be tampered with. The processes that you use to manage your ANPR system may be audited by our compliance team or our agents.
“I am waiting for their latest response but believe the cameras have been removed for replacement or repair in response to these and other complaints,” Cllr Norman said.
“I support the generous 3 hours parking because some drivers were parking their cars at Sankeys Corner and catching a bus to Walsall to shop. This was unfair on the traders and something needed to be done.
“I am hoping that in future only motorists who genuinely abuse the free parking are caught.”