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Friday, April 16, 2021

OTA challenges Ontario Government on wording of Photo Radar use

 

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) requested the Government of Ontario to tighten up language in proposed Bill 65, which would amend the Highway Traffic Act with respect to speed limits in municipalities, allow circumstantial use of photo radar and address other road safety matters.

Acknowledging the need for safer roads, the OTA said the definition of community safety zone as originally written was broadly open to interpretation and vulnerable to arbitrary political decisions. It was also noted that issuing fines for speeding offenses to the owner of the vehicle would not, in most cases, impact the driver who is responsible for operating the vehicle.

Upon further review during the consultation phases of Bill 65, the Standing Committee on General Government recently determined that designated community safety zones in municipalities would be eligible for automated speed enforcement – commonly known as photo radar. Application, however, will be restricted to roadways with speed limits of less than 80 km/h.

The government, however, will stay the course on issuing fines to the owner of the vehicle – citing what it says is the 20-year success of the red-light camera program and concerns over adding complications to the court system.
As part of the government’s commitment, it will conduct a review of the photo radar program’s effectiveness once two-years of data becomes available.