WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba’s Transportation and Government Services Minister, Steve Ashton has introduced amendments to the photo enforcement bill aimed at ensuring fairness.
The new amendments are designed to put to rest the accusations that photo radar is being implemented as a cash grab for the province, and will aim at making the process revenue neutral for the province.
“The purpose of photo enforcement is to increase safety on our roads, not to generate revenues for local municipalities or the province,” says Ashton. “Although the province does not anticipate receiving any surplus revenues from photo enforcement, this amendment ensures that any revenues exceeding the cost of running the system are directed to safety and policing.”
The amendment is also designed to clarify that revenue generated through photo radar is directed back to the area where the infraction took place.
“We want to make it clear that photo enforcement revenues are used for local safety and policing,” says Ashton.
Legislation allowing photo radar was introduced in the provincial legislature in November of 2001.
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