Hong Kong police expect to launch a study this year on the use of CCTV cameras to fight the menace of illegal parking.
At a district council meeting, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung said the study could begin by the year-end and that authorities are currently inviting tenders for necessary equipment.
Lo said he understands the public’s concern over the issue of personal privacy, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Sufficient safeguards will be put in place to balance the interests of law enforcement and people’s privacy needs, he suggested.
If the study proves the feasibility of using CCTV cameras to enforce parking restrictions, the Transport and Housing Bureau will launch relevant work in relation to amending the relevant law.
The police will continue to enhance law enforcement to curb illegal parking, Lo said.
The police chief added that starting July, the police have been maintaining a special vigil on parking “blackspots” in various districts.
Under the campaign, people who park vehicles illegally or obstruct traffic flow or endanger road safety are issued penalty tickets without prior warning.
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