Transport for London (TfL), has implemented some new mobile technology from AMT-SYBEX and T-Mobile to improve travel conditions and enforce traffic regulations more effectively on London’s Red Routes – the capital’s most important roads, using PDAs to dish out tickets and pass on information for traffic hold ups.
The Red Routes are used on one third of all road journeys made in the Capital. Under an agreement with TfL, Metropolitan Police personnel patrol the roads each day to keep traffic can moving freely. To boost this further, traffic wardens (now known as on-street enforcement staff apparently) will each be given T-Mobile MDAII with built-in cameras and Bluetooth enabled printers, pre-loaded with TfL map data.
What does this mean for you the motorist? Well, if you see a traffic warden with a PDA, don’t think they’re chatting to a friend or browsing the net, they could be giving you a ticket if you’re parked illegally – and taking a photo of it as evidence of the wrongdoing. However, on the plus side, it also means they can use GPRS technology to pass on details of congestion, broken down vehicles or damage to road signs – so you might get to your destination quicker.
You have been warned.