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Spotted one of these around town? Here’s what they’re for

Spotted one of these around town? Here’s what they’re for

Friday 23 September 2022

Spotted one of these around town? Here’s what they’re for

Friday 23 September 2022

Scores of islanders have been taken to social media questioning why cameras have been popping up along roads in and around the centre of St. Helier this week.

Some have speculated that these are stealthily added new speed cameras, while others thought they may be extra CCTV.

One islander even suggested that the intention was "to catch regular dog walkers who don’t pick up their mess".

However, the reason is actually linked to the island’s drive towards carbon neutrality.

Between Thursday 22 September and Saturday 24 September, officials have been undertaking traffic surveys of vehicles moving in and out of the island's capital and have installed a total of 20 cameras to do so.


Pictured: One of the many social media posts about the cameras.

This, the Government said, "will enable us to identify priority routes at various times of the day and provide better understanding of how Islanders are currently using the town's road network."

Results of the survey project, which is expected to cost around £20,000 in total, will be included within the 'St. Helier Mobility Plan', a document laying out future sustainable transport plans being drawn up as part of the Carbon Neutral Roadmap.

The cameras will process vehicle number plates as part of the research, but these will not be stored according to Government.

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Posted by anthony turmel on what is the real reason..?
Posted by Cardin Pasturel on
On what date will the license plate recognition cameras be removed?
Posted by Rex Cardy on
If this is the real reason,why wasn't we informed they were going up, as the one right outside my house, aiming into my kitchen, on a JEC lamp post, was installed sneakily at 9.30pm at night...the UK company putting them up , ( which we found out afterwards) could have at least knocked on the door to tell us , we saw it around 10pm.. - my FB post hit over 120 comments, all with different ideas of what they were , they certainly look like cameras..! and it took me virtually all day Thursday trying to discover where they had come from. I called
G4S - , P.O.S.H. , Police, JEC - Roads Committee - then infrastructure, who owned up.... - eventually someone came and removed it and put it further down the road.. -- and why a UK company, how much of the remaining pot has that left.....?
Posted by Private Individual on
This has been well documented by Arup and is the next step in banning all cars from except disabled access. This is nothing new as the report came out last year.

You had all get used to the idea that you will not have a car in town as it NOT about being carbon-neutral it is about no car ownership whether it is electric or not.

This is another nail in the coffin to having your personal independence, which is slowly being taken away from you. You just haven't noticed it yet.

This drive towards a carbon-neutral world is not realistic, stop the immigration into the island, and you will stop the pollution. People buy cars and drive them to get to work and for pleasure, at which point does the government become the dictator of what you can have, what car you can drive and how you live your life.

A very slippery slope indeed.
Posted by Private Individual on
The license plate recognition number plate cameras are to charge for entering the ring road if you are still able to afford a car. That is why they have been trialling them in the car parks first, to see if they would work.

It is all part of the town plan, all this information has been around and documented for the past 5 years, except nobody ever bothers to read it. And if they do, they can't believe the government would be so stupid to implement it.

Well, they are implementing it along with taking your cars away, so you had better start complaining now. This has all been passed into law by the previous con com, and it is now being implemented.

So get used to the idea, get the bus, walk in the rain, or stay at home. The choice is yours.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Amazing on a wet day the cyclists jump back in their cars! Could tell today there was far more traffic.Licence plate recognition there’s ways around that,this is all be forced on us now ,just look how many greenies got voted in the States a few months ago! Oh carbon neutral will never happen !
Posted by Keith Marsh on
IF this is the truth..... and it seems a big IF, why only for a max of 3 days. IF you want a REAL plan, such information needs to be collected over a much larger period.
WHY are registration numbers being recorded, this is NOT necessary, for the stated purpose.
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