‘Scan car’ replaces parking lot attendants in Knokke-Heist
The city of Knokke-Heist (Belgium) has introduced the so-called ‘scan car’. The full-electric vehicle scans the parked cars, and by doing this, it replaces the parking lot attendants. Until recently, a parking lot attendant registered cars’ license plates with a hand-held computer, but that’s history now.
The scan car automatically scans the license plates of vehicles, and checks in a database whether they are allowed in that particular zone. Afterward, an extra remote control follows to determine whether the car owner should be fined. In other municipalities, this has to be done manually. Pictures taken by the scan car are used to further control if the fine is appropriate.
“We have been testing the system for some months, and the results are excellent,” says Alderman for Mobility, Philippe Vletinck. “We still need some fine-tuning, but we’re also receptive to questions and suggestions. Flaws in the system will be immediately set right.
The introduction will not create a loss of jobs because the actual parking lot attendants will get a different job description.