Drivers in London will be hit with £130 fines if they stray into lanes that have been reserved for Olympic stars and VIPs for the duration of the Games.
A £500,000 system has been set up to read registration plates on vehicles travelling on key routes around venues such as the Olympic Stadium. Any that do not have permission to be in the reserved lanes will be punished.
Motorists who skip traffic by using VIP-only lanes during the Olympics will be fined
Steve McNamara, chief of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, told the Sun he is anticipating ‘chaos’ when the Games get underway on July 27th.
Olympics chiefs believe the lanes are vital as they will allow organisers to get athletes and officials to their events at the right time.
But Big Brother Watch’s Nick Pickles said the intrusion is a step too far, stating: ‘It will be a disaster if the Olympic legacy is the kind of state surveillance you’d expect in a sci-fi movie.’
A total of 109 miles of roads have been designated congestion-free for the Games, but cameras are likely to focus on the 30 miles in central London.
Anybody who veers into one of these will be automatically fined as the cameras trigger penalty notices that are sent to a driver’s home.