Following up on a reader’s query: “Cars with Boise City logos seen with multiple cameras on the front and rear. What are they for and what city program is it a part of? How much does it cost us?”
The GUARDIAN learned that Boise’s parking Czar has come up with yet another way to monetize the city streets and discourage parking scofflaws.
Here’s what we got from City Councilor Scot Ludwig: “there is one car (Prius) that is a City of Boise vehicle that has a camera in front and back. This vehicle was already in the Boise fleet and was repurposed for time enforcement of parking meters. There is only one vehicle with cameras. The camera is used to reduce “personhours” by taking the photos to enforce for example two hour parking limits. This vehicle replaces the individual enforcement personnel from walking around taking photos and marking tires with chalk. The program reportedly pays for itself with more accurate enforcement.”
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