Scottish campaigners call for ANPR-based charging on tourist route

A campaign group of people living near the North Coast 500 tourist route around the top of Scotland are calling for ANPR cameras to be installed to charge visitors to use the route.

The NC500 was created as a specific route in 2015 and has proved very popular with visitors, and is dubbed one of the world’s most beautiful road trips.

But the Daily Mail reports people living near the route are complaining of litter, antisocial behaviour and inconsiderate parking.

Campaigner Robin Pettigrew, told the paper: “We have had not only nice, good, respectful visitors who like the communities and the environment but we are also getting a substantial number of people who have no respect for the communities and the environment.”

The paper says campaigners have produced a report, “Combating Over-tourism in Scotland”, which has been sent to councillors and MSPs, as well as the Scottish Government’s consultation on short-term letting policies. It proposes a vehicle-based levy enforced with automatic number plate recognition, possibly with the involvement of rangers.

It wants funds generated to go towards providing motorhome areas, toilets, additional rangers and “enforcement on some of the very poor behaviour that goes on up here, and that type of thing.”

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