The PvdA’s Eindhoven branch wants to use scan cars to tackle illegal parking, a move that could lead to community service officers being out of work.
The party says too many community service man hours are being used on parking violations, and that scan cars would solve this.
A number of municipalities in the Netherlands are already using the cars, which have cameras that automatically scan license plates on parked vehicles to check for violations.
“Perhaps community service officers could use their hours more efficiently in, for example, enforcing speeding laws in 30km/h zones, or enforcing waste dumping laws”, council member Jan Hopstaken said in a letter to the city council.
Hopstaken also pointed out that scan cars are a better preventive measure, as the chance of being caught is increased significantly so motorists will often buy a ticket to avoid being fined.
Translation: Nicola W