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Private Operators to Run Mobile Speed Cameras Instead of Police

For the first time, private operators will assume responsibility for managing mobile speed cameras on New Zealand's highways. This groundbreaking change shifts the traditional role from law enforcement to private entities.

Background

Waka Kotahi/New Zealand Transport Agency recently issued a tender inviting bids to operate the country's 45 mobile speed cameras starting next year. Unlike the police, the chosen provider will not issue speeding tickets or receive bonuses based on citations.

Operational Details

Under the new arrangement:

  • Waka Kotahi will process camera images and issue fines.
  • Placement decisions for mobile cameras remain with Waka Kotahi.
  • Bidders must demonstrate their ability to meet future requirements, including potential point-to-point mobile operations.

Broader Context

Waka Kotahi plans to take over all of New Zealand's mobile cameras, along with 150 fixed speed cameras, from the police by July 2025. An additional 50 fixed cameras are also slated for deployment.

Technological Aspects

Waka Kotahi has an existing contract with United States company Verro Mobility to operate fixed cameras using automated number plate recognition (ANPR) software. The agency aims to triple the number of camera-issued tickets by 2030 and significantly enhance compliance with speed limits.

Privacy and Oversight

The captured footage will be sent to data centers in Sydney, managed by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. Waka Kotahi acknowledges the need to maintain public trust and confidence in the system while safeguarding personal data.

Overall, this move represents an innovative approach to traffic enforcement, emphasizing efficiency and accountability.

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