The police will put 2,000 additional ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras into service on Belgian roads next year, Het Nieuwsblad reports. These new “smart” cameras make it possible for the police to read licence plates even in heavy traffic and to match plates to a federal database in real time.
Many cameras are still awaiting to be connected to the national ANPR system after facing delays. Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden has promised that these delays will soon be over, with another 500 ANPR being added to the centralised system by the end of this year, in addition to the “1,700 connections already made.”
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The government aims to connect 2,000 new cameras to the system by next year.
This will bring the total number of active ANPR cameras on Belgian roads to 4,200. An increase in the number of cameras on Belgian roads inevitably leads to more fines for motorists and greater revenue for the Federal budget.
In Brussels, as part of the Good Move mobility plan, dozens of new ANPR systems are to be installed to enforce the new traffic rules. Ten new traffic filters are to be installed to limit the use of streets to certain users, enforced with ANPR traffic cameras.