DRIVERS using petrol stations will have their number plates read and checked against the police database in a new scheme which has been launched.
West Yorkshire Police say it is the first time in Britain forecourts have been used to install Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems which have a direct link to the police computer.
A number of service stations in the Bradford area have been fitted with the technology.
The registration number of every vehicle will be read as it enters the forecourt and will then be compared with a comprehensive database of vehicles linked to criminal activity on the West Yorkshire Police computer systems.
If there is a match, police are alerted.
Chief Supt Geoff Dodd said: "The forecourt scheme is primarily designed to reduce forecourt crime and in particular drivers making off without payment."