Korea’s “Eagle-Eye” Buses Put An End to Illegal Parking

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Eagle Eye City Buses Solution to Illegal Parking

Article from MBC


City buses outfitted with cameras have been dubbed “Eagle Eyes”. These buses are meant to solve the problem of illegal parking.

Choi Ji-ho, reporting.


The cameras attached to these city buses capture images of cars parked on the side of the road.

A few minutes later, the same car is filmed again by another bus running on the same route.


If the same illegally parked or idling vehicle is captured on camera twice in 5 minutes, the vehicles information is automatically sent [to the police] and [the car’s owner] is subsequently fined.

Back in 2012, Ulsan started this campaign with only 6 buses, but now has expanded its force to 15 buses outfitted with high-tech cameras.

Capturing an average of 80 vehicles a day, the [amount of illegally parked vehicles] has decreased around 20% , and [buses are able] to travel through their routes more quickly.

Kim Hae-kwon, head of Ulsan transportation policy, “The average speed of our buses has increased 30% since before doing surveillance, now averaging 35 kph. As this helps public transit to improve, we expect use of public transit to increase.”

Ulsan is not the only city to utilize top-mounted surveillance cameras on its buses. 7 cities are currently using them, including Seoul, Busan, and Daejeon.

The effect of saving manpower and government funds for surveillance is while also creating conditions for better traffic flow has caused other local governments to rush to [get their own bus rooftop surveillance cameras,] too

Comments from Naver:


Put one up on the National Assembly, it will be the eyes of the people.


Seems alright. It can help them catch illegally parked cars, while also functioning as a black box… and make it so the drivers can’t drive like maniacs…


Now THIS is how you use tax funds!!!!


Good! Get more of these buses. Catch all of those piece of trash parking illegally!


The taxis at bus stops … are so annoying!!!


This idea is great. Put those cameras on every bus and let’s get all of those illegally parked cars. I really welcome this use of our tax money! It not only helps to prevent illegal parking to a certain degree, but it also helps prevent traffic jams..


Catch all of those kids who park on curved roads…


Bus drivers, when you stop at the bus stop, don’t block the car behind you – just please go all the way into the bus stop!


But mostly it’s the buses that are always breaking traffic laws keke


Why aren’t the buses being watched? They’re the most dangerous since they are always flying down the road. Really, how many times have I almost gotten into an accident because of some bus driver driving like a maniac, changing lanes too fast, going through red lights..


Everyone.. Let’s start using [our cars’] black boxes to report bus traffic violations.


When city buses zig-zag through cars, who would catch them?


Reduce the number of surveillance cars for the district office and put the cameras on buses instead… the original surveillance cars were a good example of wasted tax money… those Hyundai Santa Fe, Sorrento, Starex vans used for surveillance cost around mid 20 to 30 million won, right? Use a Damas … or a Kia Morning


Buses aren’t anything special though. Buses force their way into other lanes and make regular drivers frustrated. I guess it’s something we can’t help.


Buses then should drive properly. Stop driving like maniacs.


This seems good, but shouldn’t we start with telling bus drivers to obey traffic lights?


The buses will have to start [following the laws] first. Even if they’re behind schedule, it’s still not okay to use their hazard lights, move into a lane really fast, go through red lights… whenever I see a stupid thoughtless driver like this, I get so fed up.


Eagle-eye city buses going through red lights…


Bus drivers should also drive properly.


Illegally parked cars are a problem but buses and taxis are scary! I don’t know why they drive so crazy. I understand the need to stick to bus schedules but let’s think of the safety of bus riders first and foremost.

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  • namepen

    Good!!! Everytime I see taxis blocking the bus stop I know I will have to walk into the road.

    Now if they can only think of some way to make sure all bus drivers actually stop at the bus stop, riding the bus might not be such a hellish experience.

  • HaydenG

    I am guilty of this. But i have a motorcycle so its not as bad. Will the buses catch motorcycles? I hope not.

    • Sid Driver

      I guess you could probably just park differently, then the bus can’t see your plate.

    • Dave Park

      I am pretty sure “it’s not as bad” is not a valid argument. Illegal parking is illegal parking is illegal parking.

      • HaydenG

        of course its not as bad, My motorcycle parked on the side of the road blocks 40 cm of the road. A car blocks 2 meters.

        • Dave Park

          I’m sure it’s not as bad as a car blocking a road but if you were to be found and ticketed, I don’t think your argument would be valid. It’s not a matter of the road being blocked but that you’re parking illegally.

  • commander

    Although the idea is novel, and will be instrumental in fining and reducing illegal parkings, which are quite a nuisance for other motorists and pedestrians, the nick name of Eagle eye sounds like a bit exaggerated.

    • Sid Driver

      Hahaha. I agree on the exaggeration. Though Eagle Eye is probably better than 큰형! ;)

  • lily

    Hello, the buses in Singapore were fitted with camera since the 1990s.
    These buses ply the city route.

  • Smith_90125

    In typical stupidity, the plan is not to reduce the number of cars on the road but to make more money off them. Instead of fining them for parking on the side of roads, they should be fined for parking on sidewalks and impeding pedestrians. Or are they stupid enough to “think” that cars are more important than people? Do they think cars more important than kids being hit by drivers backing up on sidewalks? I’ve seen that happen, kids nearly run over by inattentive Korean drivers.

    If I were still living there (and glad not to be) I would carry around a titanium or steel hiking pole, the same that I used to carry. I lost count of the number of cars I had to hit because they were running red lights through crosswalks or just expecting me to jump out of the way while I walked legally on a sidewalk.

    The best use I ever got out of a walking stick was an idiot Korean trying to squeeze me against a wall because he was too stupid to wait. One end of the pole was against the wall, the sharp end against his side panel, scraping the paint along the entire length of his car. It ruined the walking stick, but it saved my life. And, of course, the idiot got out of his car and was pissy about his paint job, unconcerned about my life or safety.

  • That’s marvelous

    Don’t get me started on Korean buses… main cause of traffic jams on expressways with bus lanes. Cutting you off without warning, driving through red lights, cutting into the front of queues.

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