ANPR Cameras: Are They Legal in Private Car Parks?

ANPR systems

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are an easy way to keep track of who’s parking in your car park and for how long. By automatically recording a vehicle’s registration number, they give control back to businesses and help prevent parking disputes, unwanted trespassing, and overly long stays.

Over the years, there has been some confusion as to whether the use of ANPR cameras is legal in private car parks. Here at Britannia Parking, we’re keen to answer this question once and for all, reassuring businesses that they are well within their rights to use ANPR cameras on their property.

What is an ANPR Camera?

ANPR cameras can read registration plates by using optical character recognition (OCR) technology. This helps them identify the letters and numbers of each individual vehicle registration. The technology is combined with infrared light, meaning that ANPR cameras work just as well at night as they do during the day.

Most commonly, ANPR cameras are positioned at the entrance and exits of car parks to monitor the movement of vehicles in and out.

Are ANPR Cameras Legal?

ANPR cameras are completely legal for businesses to use in their car parks, so long as owners conform to the data protection act. You must make sure any data your ANPR cameras gather is used and stored legally.

How ANPR Cameras Can Help Private Businesses

ANPR cameras can offer several benefits to private business car parks. Here are some of the main ways they can make a difference:

Easy Vehicle Management

By keeping track of cars using the spaces and identifying any vehicles parking without a permit, ANPR make managing your car park much easier.

24-Hour Monitoring

Cameras can keep an eye on your property around the clock, logging the registration of anyone trespassing or misusing your private land.

Act as a Deterrent

When people know that their vehicle registration is being logged, they’re much less likely to break parking regulations. This makes it easier to manage your car park, as fewer people will cause trouble or overstay their welcome.

Encourage Customer Turnover

With ANPR cameras offering businesses a way to enforce the length of parking stays, fewer people will remain parked for long periods. This can encourage customer turnover, because vehicles aren’t left in spaces all day.

Even better, ANPR management systems can implement chargeable parking and allow drivers to pay using apps, phones, or on-site machines.

How Can Britannia Parking Help with ANPR Cameras?

Here at Britannia Parking, we have over 25 years' worth of experience in managing car parks. Therefore, we’re well versed in the legalities and ethics of using ANPR cameras.

We offer tailored ANPR solutions, adjusting our services to suit your business and security objectives.

One of the best ways to find out more about the legalities of using ANPR cameras on your property is to talk to us directly - give us a call on 0345 555 5888 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

You can also book in for a free, no-obligation site survey for your property.