Prince Rupert bylaw officers won’t be chalking vehicle tires any longer.
That’s because their new van has cameras and license plate recognition software to catch parking violators.
Mayor Lee Brain says the new technology will make enforcement of bylaws more effective and efficient.
The old method of physically chalking tires restricted bylaw officers to doing one of three routes a day.
With the new system, the officer can do all three routes in less than 45 minutes.
The city says license plates of pass holders at Rushbrook and other city parking lots can be inputted in the new software so that the system recognizes vehicles that are permitted.
In the case of a disputed fine, the new system can print out pictures of the vehicle along with a map, GPS location, plate info, and date of offense.