Car hoons in focus as Bayside rolls out new technology

Here's looking at you: Police will have access to the new Licence Plate Recognition camerasu and be able to pick up the licence plate numbers and issue infringements.
Here's looking at you: Police will have access to the new Licence Plate Recognition camerasu and be able to pick up the licence plate numbers and issue infringements.

In an escalation of the war against hoons, Bayside Council will introduce state-of-the-art Licence Plate Recognition cameras on Bay Street and The Grand Parade at Brighton-Le-Sands.

Bayside has been trialling mobile Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) across the LGA.

Following the success, the council is to introduce a fixed LPR camera at Vanston Parade, Sandringham at the request of deputy mayor James Macondoald.

Following a motion submitted to this week's council meeting by Cr Macdonald, the council will expand the technology to Brighton to tackle the problem of anti-social behaviour by hoons.

Speaking on behalf of the Peaceful Bayside action group, Heidi Lee Douglas spoke in support of Cr Macdonald's motion for the introduction of new technology to combat hooning.

"Peaceful Bayside has identified 49 hooning hotspots across Bayside," she said. "Even if this motion is supported, 47 of those hotspots will still be waiting on action from Bayside Council.

"Will residents be forced to endure another summer of sleepless nights because of car hoons?"

Cr Macdonald said the LPR is a new, cutting edge technology to combat hooning but added that it would have to be a joint effort between both the council and the police area command.

"We can put up cameras, roundabouts, calming devices but unless the police are active at enforcing it it is always going to be very difficult," he said.

Stage one of the plan will see the rollout of 12 multi-directional LPR cameras located on council assets in Bay Street and The Grand Parade.

"The next step will see more than those two streets in Brighton-Le-Sands," Cr Macdonald said.

"There's probably 50 sites that we are looking at," he said. "LPR cameras are very good.

"These cameras will allow residents to ring the police and provide details. Police will have access to these cameras and because they are LPR they can pick up the licence plate numbers and they will be able to issue infringements from this."