News Local New smart police tool spots unpaid fines, law violations by scanning cars

New smart police tool spots unpaid fines, law violations by scanning cars

Police has recently installed a smart licence plate scanner, which locates cars with outstanding fines.

The automatic number-plate recognition systems (ANPR) enables officers to scan the area and find vehicles registered to drivers who owe traffic fines, such as long due speeding tickets or unpaid parking violations, as well as locate possibly stolen cars.

ANPR also alerts officers whether there are arrest warrants against drivers or if a vehicle is uninsured.

According to Phileleftheros, traffic officers focus on people who owe €300 or more.

In the past, officers could call in a licence plate in question to find out whether there were any outstanding warrants or fines.

ANPR allows officers to focus on other tasks while the system scans for vehicles and automatically flags them.

Normal citizens are not the only ones affected by ANPR, Phileleftheros reports, as about 85 police officers who owed a total of €200,000 in fines, along with 15 prison guards owing €11,000, were brought to the attention of the police chief following a report by the state’s auditor general.

Traffic police are is will soon have the right to order the towing of a vehicle and confiscate driver’s licences.

A bill granting more power to traffic police is expected to be reviewed in Parliament before the end of the year.

Increased fines are included in the legislation such as a fine for driving while using a mobile device or not wearing a seatbelt.

Read more:

Top Stories

Myanmar police crack down on protests for second day; two dead, several hurt

  Myanmar police opened fired today on protests against military rule, killing at least two people and wounding several on the second day of a...

U.S. authorizes J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it third available

  The US Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, beginning the rollout of millions of doses of...

Isolated showers on the last day of winter, storms and snowfalls tomorrow

  A high pressure system continues to affect Cyprus, giving way to a low pressure outlook tomorrow. Clear skies initially today (the last calendar day of...

Citizen who threatened journalists at state broadcaster, charged

  A man who entered the premises of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation yesterday, shouting abuse at journalists over 'El Diablo' (The Devil), the song selected...

71 year old caught with child sexual abuse videos

  A seventy one year old man in Limassol is in custody following the discovery of videos and photos of children and minors sexual abuse...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...