A popular car park has been fitted with a cash-generating automatic number plate recognition system, which issues fines of £70 to shoppers who overstay their allotted two-hour stay.
The private site at the Regent Centre in Linlithgow was fitted with the ANPR system six weeks ago according to managing agents Shepherds.
The camera automatically sends fines to anyone overstaying the two-hour allotted period for free parking.
Gerry McCluskey of Shepherds said: “It was necessary to installed the system to deter commuters and other individuals from abusing the system by parking all day.”
Owner Learmonth Property Investment Company sub-contracted control of the car park to Euro Car Parks, which said: “The system is favoured by many shopping centres. There are 16 signs on site, including a large welcome sign, that clearly detail the regulations and any failure to comply.
“The tenants and landlord are very happy with the fact that the customer-only parking facilities are being controlled better with spaces now available for shoppers to use.”