The speeding law enforcement plan has been slowed down.
Photo radars — officially known as Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) — were expected to hit the streets of Oakville this summer.
But as the city is still awaiting provincial rules that will make ticketing possible, the cameras will not be deployed until early 2023.
Last year, city councilors voted to purchase and operate 14 mobile cameras to report speeding in areas designated as Community Safety Zones (CSZ). All 32 zones (see list below) are near schools or other safety sensitive locations where speeding leads to higher community risks.
The program has stalled as city staff wait for provincial regulations that will allow tickets to be issued to drivers outside of the provincial court system.
Under current rules, the city could charge drivers through the typical provincial ticketing system, as is done in Toronto and Mississauga.
But these tickets can be challenged in court if a driver wants to dispute the charge.
Concerns about Halton’s court system being clogged with photo speed camera tickets have convinced the city to wait for the province to introduce an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) framework for speed cameras.
The city already uses an administrative penalty system for parking violations and regulations. Although tickets can be appealed through a city-administered process, there is no right to a court process.
How it works?
A mobile system with a camera and a speed measuring device detects and photographs the speeders. Tickets are issued to the owner of a vehicle, regardless of who was driving at the time of the violation.
The penalty is a fine. Demerit points are not deducted and driving records are not affected.
The cost for the speeders?
- $5 per km/h for drivers exceeding the speed limit by 1 to 19 km/h
- $7.50 per km/h for drivers exceeding the speed limit by 20 to 29 km/h
- $12 per km/h for drivers exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more will earn you a special invitation into the justice system.
Where will the cameras be?
Each of Oakville’s seven neighborhoods will have two cameras rolling in identified community safety zones.
Starting in September, “coming soon” signs will be circulating in SACs announcing automated speed control plans.
The cost to taxpayers?
The program is expected to cost the city approximately $485,000 per year.
Municipalities must purchase cameras from Redflex; the province’s only approved equipment supplier. The company will also charge the city $95 per camera per day to operate the devices, plus additional fees to handle camera move requests.
Oakville is also to participate in a joint processing center operated by the City of Toronto, which will process all camera images generated across the province.
The provincial Department of Transportation will charge the city to access license plate information, while the city will also pay fees to Halton Court Services to manage the ticketing system.
Oakville will be limited to issuing 5,000 tickets a year, so the cameras will only run two to three hours a day, city transportation services manager Martin Maguire told councilors last year. .
“But the good news is that motorists don’t know whether the camera is operational or not, and studies conducted outside operating hours show that the mere presence of the camera has had a positive impact on operating speeds,” did he declare.
A cap of 5,000 tickets will limit revenue to approximately $360,000 per year.