OTA to be involved if Ontario resumes photo radar
TORONTO, ON — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says it will be working with its members and the Ontario government to ensure that if photo radar returns as a way to nab speeders, it will also address “problematic issues” with the controversial technology.
Legislation proposed Tuesday by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, if passed, would allow municipalities to photograph speeders' licence plates in school zones and community safety zones such as daycares, parks, retirement homes and hospitals.
The proposed bill would also allow municipalities to lower default speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 or 30, within an individual neighbourhood and beyond. It would also allow for communities to bypass regulatory red tape around setting up photo radar, which got its start under Bob Rae’s NDP government in 1994. By November, the pilot project was busy snapping its shutter, churning out 12,293 tickets a month.
In a statement Tuesday, the OTA noted that a return to photo radar could unearth problems associated with vehicle/trailer ownership and the associated payment of fines. The association has been a supporter of photo radar for more than a decade, but remained adamant that the technology should be a tool for public safety, not simply a revenue generator.
Former health minister David Caplan introduced a similar bill to Wynne’s in 2010. It would have brought photo radar back to community safety zones, but it was quickly shot down at Queen’s Park.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said as recently as March 2015 that photo radar was not an option on the province’s table.