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Highway patrol to return to the roads after speed camera contract termination

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After the termination of the contract with the supplier of speed cameras, V-Traffic (formerly known as Vitronic Baltica and partners), on September 29, highway patrol will be dispatched to Latvian roads to monitor safety and road traffic rule compliance during the transition period that will follow, Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Reform Party) says.

This transition period could last for approximately two months. During this time, the Internal Affairs Ministry will be discussing the possibility of buying the speed cameras that are already deployed on Latvian roads (57 units) from the German supplier. The ministry hoes to perform an audit to determine whether or not the price is appropriate and check the technical state of said speed cameras, so said the minister in an interview to Labrīt, Latvija! (Good morning, Latvia!).

“We did agree to pay the price that was offered right away. This is why we decided to carry out an audit first,”- the minister admitted. He refrained from giving any specific numbers.

At the same time, Kozlovskis said that the speed cameras currently operational in Latvia are “the most technologically advanced models in the world.”

Kozlovskis also agreed that the recent attempt at introducing speed cameras has been unsuccessful and that society’s outrage has been unending and understandable.

The decision to terminate the contract with V-Traffic will be decided on during the closed session of the government meeting on Tuesday, September 25. The Internal Affairs Ministry will have two months to evaluate the possibility of buying back speed cameras from the German producer.

According to the document currently in possession of LTV program Panorāma, the government discussed this issue on August 28. The German partner of the company presented three possible scenarios. One of those scenarios suggested continuing cooperation until 2017.

Vitronic promised to deploy 70 additional speed cameras that would have been given away to the State after the end of the contract. The second option suggested terminating the contract and any obligations on October 1. This option also suggested setting the transition period to last until October 1, 2013. In this case speed cameras would remain in possession of Vitronic. The third scenario suggested selling the speed cameras, LETA reports.

In August, German representative of Vitronic, Norbert Stein, claimed he would submit written proposals to make sure speed cameras remain on the roads.

There are currently 27 stationary and 30 mobile speed camera units deployed on Latvian roads. The contract, on the other hand, stated the company would deploy 160 speed cameras. The administration of State Police previously voiced its plan to terminate the contract with Vitronic Baltica and partners because the company failed to fulfil its contractual obligations and deploy all 160 speed cameras in time.

Vitronic Baltica and partners admits that not all speed cameras have been deployed. Nevertheless, failure to complete contractual obligations is an objective reason.

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