Council Might Bug Province Again About Red Light Camera Fines

- September 13th, 2012

The City of Ottawa can’t collect red light camera fines from motorists driving vehicles with non-Ontario plates. The city says the Ontario Highway Traffic Act prevents it because the ticket must be sent to an address in a registration database controlled by the province.

We have done a few stories on this issue: Exhibit A, Exhibit B and Exhibit C.

The city keeps asking the province for the powers but it’s not getting the answer it wants. It seems Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli — according to a motion served up by Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches — has suggested the city instead pursue pacts with other municipalities to get that registration information.

And the city says it can’t do that under the current provincial legislation.

Around and around we go.

Desroches’ motion (below) will be up for debate at the next council meeting scheduled for Sept. 26.

I guess we’ll keep asking until the province does something.

Moved by Councillor S. Desroches
Seconded by Councillor R. Bloess

WHEREAS the use of red light cameras has been shown to be a cost-effective way of increasing road safety and reducing accident-related injuries; and

WHEREAS the requirement under the Highway Traffic Act that red light camera tickets be served on the offending vehicle owner by mail at the address recorded in the database maintained by the Ontario Registrar of Motor Vehicles; and

WHEREAS this requirement prevents the effective use of red light camera enforcement where the offending vehicle is registered outside of the Province of Ontario, undermining the effectiveness of the red light camera project and resulting in a significant loss of fine revenue; and

WHEREAS Ottawa City Council has petitioned the Minister of Transportation to make changes to the Highway Traffic Act to allow the use of ownership information maintained by other jurisdictions in order to “both facilitate the use of red light cameras and other photo-based traffic enforcement technologies in Ontario and help to ensure the uniform application of such road safety programs to all drivers on the Province’s roads”, and

WHEREAS the Minister of Transportation has responded by indicating that “there is no restriction for a municipality to consult with other jurisdictions to seek individual information sharing agreements for plate registrant information” and also that “no further action was requested of the Ministry of Transportation”; and

WHEREAS the rules under the Highway Traffic Act would still preclude the City from serving a red light camera ticket on a plate registrant from another jurisdiction, even if the City was able to obtain that information from the other jurisdiction;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Ottawa City Council reiterate its request for amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that would allow effective service of red light camera tickets on plate registrants from jurisdictions outside of Ontario, in the same manner as for plate registrants from within the Province.

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