Congestion charge cameras will spy on Durham drivers

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CONGESTION charge cameras are set to go on in Durham City.

 The cameras are part of a scheme to cut traffic pollution in the city’s historic heart.

  After consultation with residents, organisations and businesses around the peninsula and World Heritage Site, the automatic number plate recognition system will be switched on on Monday.

 However, to provide sufficient time to register exempt vehicles, the charges will not come into effect for a month.

 Durham County Council cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Councillor Neil Foster, said: “We have said on many occasions that we want to reduce traffic in this part of historic Durham to make it a more enjoyable area for pedestrians.”

 The system works via cameras mounted on the corner of Saddler Street and Claypath, and replaces the old bollard which previously operated in the same area.

 The cameras automatically recognise vehicle number plates.