Devices clock drivers who leave cars parked for too long
CAMERAS are being introduced at a car park to catch motorists who have overstayed their time limit.
The devices are being fitted at John Street multi-storey, in Hanley.
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will clock vehicles as they drive in to the car park.
Under the new system, motorists will type their registration number in at a pay station and pay for how many hours they need.
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The cameras will recognise the number plates of cars as they leave and work out what time they should have left.
People who have overstayed their time will be issued with fixed penalty notices of up to £70.
A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: "Eventually, we hope to be able to have a pay-when-you-return system, so you don't have to work out in advance how long you will be away from your car."
The work ties in with changes being made to prepare the town for a new bus station.
Car park user Nigel Lewis, aged 37, from Crewe, said: "They have this sort of technology all over the country and it's good to see it being introduced here."
But 39-year-old Ashley Williams, who lives in Newcastle, added: "I think I preferred the old system, where you paid when you got back."