The opposition NDP is calling foul over the government’s plan to administer money from photo radar revenues, formerly shared with municipalities.
SGI will continue to scoop up 25 per cent of proceeds from photo radar tickets to go into the province’s general revenue fund, as it has done in the past, but the change is that revenues previously shared 50/50 with municipalities to fund local traffic safety initiatives is now administered by the province.
SGI Critic Carla Beck calls it a cash grab that is a direct hit on cities’ ability to invest in needed infrastructure. She says, if the purpose of the program is to improve road safety, as the minister claims, then the revenues should stay with local traffic safety initiatives and programs.
Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave says half of what is left goes to the communities with cameras. The other half will be administered by a committee that will be formed to decide on new photo radar locations.