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Reading difficulty

Letters

When the registration plate of a vehicle is marked in old English script, italics or even hand-written it can be difficult to decipher.

According to the Police there is no national standard font for the letters andnumbers in a vehicle registration mark. Providing the height and stroke width of characters are in accordance with regulations, the actual shape is a matter of personal taste.

This being so, I cannot understand how an 'optical character' reading camera can read any possible letter or number shape, and therefore be of much practical use in congestion charging (Letters,2 December 1999).

Dermot F Gahan (M), 157 Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5UE

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