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Councilman wants license plate Parking Authority data shared

 


Last week, Councilman Dan Gilman introduced a resolution in City Council that would authorize the mayor, the chief of police, and the director of the Department of Public Safety to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Parking Authority that would allow data sharing in order to facilitate the recovery of wanted or stolen vehicles.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority enforcement agents already monitor vehicles parked in Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) zones, Parking Authority lots and metered areas in the City of Pittsburgh, and collect license plate information of vehicles cited for illegal parking using Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology. Currently, the Pittsburgh Police maintains a list of wanted and stolen vehicles in the City of Pittsburgh.

This legislation would authorize the mayor, the chief of police, and the director of the Department of Public Safety to enter into an agreement or agreements with the Parking Authority for the purpose of sharing data collected during the process of parking enforcement in order to facilitate the recovery of stolen vehicles, identify wanted persons and assist in monitoring Amber Alerts. The information shared within the cooperative agreement between the city and the Parking Authority would include license plate information and location of the vehicles, and the date and time of the vehicle enforcement.

“Right now, one arm of the city has critical data that the other arm lacks access to. For example, if the Parking Authority tickets a car that’s been reported stolen, no alerts pop up when the license plate number gets plugged into the system,” according to Councilman Gilman. “This is common sense legislation that will solve a simple but critical problem.”

 

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