LETTERS: Plate tracking technology not likely in use at Morgan Crossing

Editor:

Regarding WestPark’s supposed licence plate recognition auto-scanning for in-and-out traffic at Morgan Crossing, I call “pants-on-fire.”

Let me explain why.

I’ve lived at Morgan Crossing for over seven years. I work virtually, and my window looks out to London Drugs. I am very observant in my neighbourhood. I walk my dog four or five times a day, so I’m around my building and the area frequently.

I am very familiar with all of the entrances to Morgan Crossing. I’ve never seen any technology like cameras or scanners installed, and do not see where they could possibly even be installed to accurately tag vehicles coming and going (I‘ve also been working and supporting technology products for the last 22 years).

At best, they have a vehicle drive up and down the parking lot with a plate scanner.

The ticket fine is low enough that they know people will most likely just pay it and not waste their time fighting it.

The stalls are not numbered, and so if you leave and come back to do more shopping, there is no way they could correctly identify that activity; at best it would simply detect the same vehicle later in the day, and even if it’s parked in the same spot, so what? Maybe I came back and the same spot I had parked in before was available again.

If I was ticketed I would demand to see the computer log that shows this supposed in-and-out plate logging.

Otherwise their tracking is arbitrary at best and could not prove I was breaking their rules.

Ryan West, South Surrey

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