Dozens of perfectly functioning road controls are still out of action today, particularly along Flemish roads. the reason? The Federal Police must connect all of these cameras to the national ANPR management system. But that was seriously delayed.
In her latest policy memo, Home Secretary Annelise Verlinden (CD&V) promises improvement. According to Verlinden, this year the police succeeded in connecting an additional 500 ANPR cameras – cameras that can read number plates – to the central system, “on top of the 1,700 already in place”.
And next year, its goal is to connect another 2,000 ANPR cameras to the system. This means that by the end of 2023, 4,200 ANPR cameras will be active in our country, especially along busy highways and regional roads.
More traffic cameras in operation also means more speeding fines. In her policy note, Verlinden argues that the police will be able to handle the higher influx of traffic fines. To that end, the number of staff at the various regional police processing centers – where traffic violations are reported – will be increased to a total of “127 staff”, according to Verlinden.
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