9News reports that new surveillance cars are being used in Sydney to detect parking violations. The vehicles are being touted by council authorities as the new frontier for parking penalties.
Instead of rangers chalking tires, they are driving cars fitted with special cameras that scan the number plates of vehicles. On their second run officers are then notified if a vehicle has overstayed parking time limits. The new surveillance has received a mixed reaction from locals.
When talking to 9News about the issue, our former president Stephen Blanks said:
"I don't think there is a general recognition of just how dangerous the level of surveillance we are all under can be,"
"People might think we have a good system, but we know things can go wrong."