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Manitoba Launching Review of Photo Enforcement

November 13, 2019 11:18 AM | News

A photo enforcement vehicle sits on a Winnipeg street in this file photo. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The province is launching a review of the photo enforcement system to determine whether or not it’s improving road safety.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says the current legislation surrounding photo enforcement has been in place for 17 years and it’s time to evaluate the system.

“Photo enforcement is intended to reduce speed violations, and therefore a review of it within the context of all speed-related enforcement programming is timely to ensure that it continues to support this goal,” Schuler said.

Winnipeg began using photo enforcement in 2003 — one year after it was introduced in the province. The city is still the only municipality in Manitoba to use photo enforcement

The review is expected to take four months after a vendor is selected through a public request for proposals.

The province will also seek input from municipalities, enforcement agencies and other interested parties.

Opponents such as the group Wise Up Winnipeg say the technology has not improved safety, but has served as a money stream for governments.

— With files from The Canadian Press