€87 Million Cost For Safety Camera Contract Must Be Reviewed – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to provide more information around the costs associated with the Garda Safety Camera Contract that is currently awarded by An Garda Síochána to the Go Safe Consortium. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister informed him that payments to Go Safe since 2010 have exceeded €87 million:

“There is no doubting the impact of the safety camera regime on reducing road fatalities and accidents particularly in areas that have been blighted by these incidents over the years, and indeed I am not suggesting that they be removed entirely.

What I am questioning however is the enormous costs associated with operating the Garda Safety Camera Contract.

In each year from 2012-2015 it cost the State over €17 million to maintain the Contract with a cost of almost €16 million in 2011.

For the same period of 2010 to date, revenue generated by from the Safety Camera Contract has totalled €32.4 million.

This means that there is just over €54 million in the difference between the operation of the Contract and the revenue that it creates.

In light of that I think we need to have a much more detailed conversation around how the money might be better spent, even in terms of robustly resourcing the Garda Traffic Corps.

We know that serious issues around the legality of the Contract have been raised several times by Judges in Districts Courts and this is yet another reason why the issue needs to be re-examined,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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