Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Pittsburgh Parking Authority Snapping License Pics

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is using automated mobile surveillance cameras to snap pictures of up to 200,000 license plates a month so it can find scofflaws who repeatedly flout parking laws.

Those cars can be "booted" — that is, fit with a metal locking device that attaches to a wheel that cannot be removed until overdue fines are paid.

But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a small fraction of 1 percent of the cars being photographed are ever booted, raising privacy concerns among some residents and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The technology was used to make more than 144,000 license photograph scans in August, finding 162 cars with enough overdue fines to require a boot.

The authority says nearly 3,900 vehicles are targeted for boots — provided they can be found.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To make informed decisions, the public must receive unbiased truth.

As Southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, we give voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community.

WESA is primarily funded by listener contributions. Your financial support comes with no strings attached. It is free from commercial or political influence…that’s what makes WESA a free vital community resource. Your support funds important local journalism by WESA and NPR national reporters.

You give what you can, and you get news you can trust.
Please give now to continue providing fact-based journalism — a monthly gift of just $5 or $10 makes a big difference.