Transport solutions company, Siemens Mobility has won a contract with Leeds City Council in the UK, to design, supply, install, operate and maintain a clean air zone monitoring and enforcement solution.
Siemens Mobility will provide Leeds with its proven Sicore II automatic number plate recognition cameras in order to to help reduce the city’s air pollution. The new CAZ aims to encourage businesses to transition to cleaner, lower emission vehicles and Siemens cameras are to be installed in over 100 road junctions across the city to combat this. Two additional cameras are to be attached for mobile enforcement.
Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Resources and Sustainability, James Lewis said, “Being able to identify and charge non-compliant vehicles driving within the zone’s boundary is essential to encouraging businesses to switch to less-polluting vehicles.”
Siemens Mobility’s ANPR cameras will identify and register every vehicle that enters the charging zone, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. This information will then interface with the UK government’s new national clean air zone database for vehicle checking and payment.
Money that is raised through penalty charges will only be used to cover the costs of the zone, to support owners of affected vehicles and for other schemes that aim to improve air quality.
Managing Director of Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems in the UK, Wilke Reints said that the new CAZ “builds on the work that we (Siemens Mobility) have already undertaken to deliver Transport for London’s Congestion Charging and Ultra Low Emission Zones.”
“The ANPR cameras will not only monitor the clean air zone, but could potentially also provide the highways team with a wealth of data both to help inform policy and to aid tactical traffic management decisions and improve the road user’s experience.”
“Once the air quality targets have been met, our multi-purpose Sicore cameras may be redeployed elsewhere, increasing value sustainably over the entire life cycle,” Reints concluded.