WINNIPEG — A Progressive Conservative MLA says it’s “unfortunate” that improperly worded tickets are once again undermining public confidence in the photo radar program.
Steinbach MLA and Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen said Wednesday his party supports the decision by authorities to issue refunds to drivers who received improperly worded tickets.
He said the province should also have paid refunds several years ago in a similar case, but did not.
“We’ve not taken the position that there shouldn’t be a photo radar program, but we need a photo radar program that people have confidence in,” Goertzen said.
In 2009, the province decided not to issue refunds to drivers ticketed in construction zones that had been incorrectly marked.
Nine speeding tickets were tossed in traffic court and the Crown stayed 875 cases that were outstanding, but the province refused to refund thousands of ticket fines that had already been paid.
“I do think it is the right decision to refund the tickets, and I’m disappointed that the same decision wasn’t made (five) years ago ...” Goertzen said.
Other controversies surrounding photo radar have included the timing of amber lights and signage issues in general.
Justice Minister Andrew Swan was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
A provincial spokeswoman said only “a few hundred” of the nearly 2,600 affected tickets had been paid so far.
They will be refunded.
The total potential revenue to the city and province of all the improperly worded tickets was about $1.2 million, she said.
Revenues from photo radar speeding tickets are shared 50-50 by the two levels of government.
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