Alberta government puts freeze on new photo radar equipment
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Alberta’s UCP government is putting the breaks on photo radar.
As of December 1st, municipalities and police agencies across the province won’t be able to install new or upgraded photo radar devices or deploy existing photo radar equipment to new locations.
The freeze will be in place while the government works to refine rules for photo radar site selection, operational restrictions and data collection.
Transportation Minister Ric McIver says the goal is to ensure photo radar is used for safety, not to generate backdoor tax revenue.
A temporary freeze means municipalities and police cannot purchase or install new and costly equipment while we work with them to build better oversight and reporting on the effectiveness of photo radar.”, says McIver.
A review last year also found photo radar operations in Alberta showed only a marginal contribution to traffic safety, despite Alberta having the highest number of photo radar devices per capita compared to other provinces.
The freeze will be in place while government works to refine rules for photo radar site selection, operational restrictions and data collection.