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The future is here, and now Robocops patrol the streets to catch those that ravage, thieve and err.
Okay not really, they just patrol in car parks and summon the life out of your wallet if you're a non-season parker parked in reserved lots. You may have heard about them here and there but have never seen one yourself. There's not much publicity or information on these things, let alone photographic proof. Mystical and sneaky things, these things are.
Yes, we're talking about Mobile Enforcement Vehicles.
What Are They?
They're Mobile Enforcement Vehicles, or MEVs for short. HDB contracted, Certis Cisco operated. The first thing you'd notice is the big box with the surveillance camera-like bulges placed at the luggage compartment of the bike. It houses the entire MEV system, complete with integrated cameras that recognize vehicle registration plates and lights.
Why Are They Here For?
To scan for daring non-season parkers parked in reserved lots and fine them the appropriate amount for their offences.
How Do They Do That?
The key to the MEV's power is that box. Lights are aimed at vehicle registration plates to improve visibility for the cameras to scan. If you have the rights to park there, then they'll move along, no questions asked. If your car is there illegally, then be afraid.
The MEV system alerts the rider, who'll dismount the bike, conduct a second validation check on the vehicle with the usual handheld device, and issue a parking summon on the spot.
Where Do They Go?
They operated solely for HDB parking enforcement- surfaces, basement car parks and MSCPs. The routes and frequency are privy to the public, so don't try gaming the system. Robocop knows all.
What's Wrong With Traffic Wardens?
Simply put, it saves manpower costs and improves productivity. With MEV, not as many parking wardens need to be out and about. The MEV is able to patrol more car parks than parking wardens are throughout the day, by removing labor-intensive manual scanning and checking.
Is There Anything Else They Can Do?
Although it's primary purpose is to check for non-season parkers found in reserved lots during the restricted hours, the MEV rider is licensed to more than just that. If the rider detects any parking infringement, he may just fine you too.
What if I Get Fined?
Say goodbye to anywhere between $50-$200. No mercy.
Stay safe, park right, and drive smart!