Police revenue gathering division looking to be outsourced, watch out motorists

The Police revenue gathering team aka Speed Camera Division is looking to be outsourced.

New Zealand’s speed camera network could soon be privately managed as police look to re-deploy their resources to other areas.

The network currently includes 19 fixed speed cameras, 43 mobile speed cameras in vans, and three dual purpose red light/speed cameras.

But the number of fixed cameras is to swell to 56 by the end of the year, increasing the workload involved in managing the network and processing infringements.

Police are now reviewing their ownership of the network.  

Details of the move were revealed in a briefing from New Zealand Transport Agency chief executive Fergus Gammie to the Minister of Transport, obtained under the Official Information Act.

In it Gammie said both the police and agency had agreed a review was needed for several reasons.

These included the fact that the level of resources required to run the network diverted resources away from other road policing priorities.

“[There is] the need to continuously increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the police’s workforce by ensuring all staff are undertaking the right activities at the right times to address road safety risks.”

Increase efficiency and effectiveness? That just means more tolls fines for drivers.

If they are going to outsource it then the job should be given to IRD, their methodologies are the same.

Maybe they could get Auckland Council to take over, Phil Goff is looking for more revenue.

 

– Fairfax

 


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