The National Insurance Commission (NIC) is planning to deploy Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras on the roads to check fake insurance and non-insured vehicles.

With the ANPR technology, vehicle number plates will be automatically read through an image from vehicle surveillance cameras deployed on roads.

The implementation of this technology is to help the NIC in its efforts to that all vehicles registered by the DVLA buy the compulsory insurance cover for themselves or any person in the vehicle, should there be an accident.

Since January 2020, about 507,000 motor insurance stickers have been electronically issued since introduction of the Motor Insurance Database (MID) policy.

How ANPR Works

Automated license plate readers (ALPRs) are high-speed, computer-controlled camera systems that are typically mounted on street poles, streetlights, and highway overpasses. They automatically capture all license plate numbers that come into view, along with the location, date, and time. The data, which includes photographs of the vehicle and sometimes its driver and passengers, is then uploaded to a central server.

These are installed in a fixed location, such as a traffic light, a telephone pole, or the entrance of a facility. These cameras generally capture only vehicles in motion that pass within view. 

Joseph-Albert Kuuire
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