The Alberta government is reviewing photo radar across the province to make sure it’s targeting safety and not being used as a cash cow.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason said he wants to see justification for why photo radar is used in certain spots.
And he said they will be reviewing revenue figures to see how much money is being received by municipalities and other stakeholders.
“We’re going to conduct a review of photo radar to make sure that people are safe on our highways and that law enforcement is not used for revenue generation,” Mason told the legislature.
Mason said the government is reacting to what he sees as a growing perception that photo radar is being used not to make roads safer, but to make money.
He said the review started about three months ago.
Mason said he hopes to have the review done by the fall and said public consultation, rule changes, or legislation may follow depending on what they find.
Wildrose critic Angela Pitt wants Mason to commit to making the results public before this fall’s municipal elections.
“Give the people a chance to have their say,” said Pitt. “I think it’s the right place to do that. Give them the information prior to that, put it on the ballot, and see what the people think.”
However, Mason told the legislature he won’t be tied to an artificial deadline.
“This opposition may want to use it as a club in the municipal elections, but we’re more interested in safety, Mr. Speaker, and getting the policy right.” (with files from Brenton Driedger)