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Internal Affairs Minister: speed cameras must remain

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«Political aim – speed cameras must remain,»- says Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis. When explaining his opinion, he mentioned several reasons why speed cameras must remain on the country’s roads.

Rihards Kozlovskis

Firstly, it is related to technological development – ones Latvia should follow. Also, Europe’s largest countries already employ speed cameras, the minister said in an interview to Diena.

According to the minister, Vitronic Baltica’s offered arguments are unconvincing. «We do not see any possibility of them completing their contract obligations. This is why the police announced the termination of the contract. The date is September 28,»- said Kozlovskis.

After the contract’s termination, regular maintenance of the deployed speed cameras needs to be ensured – they need to remain on the roads. Initiation of a new procurement procedure could be too time-consuming, because even this process went on for one and a half years with the first speed cameras being deployed after nearly two years. Starting over again would mean to remain without speed cameras for the same period of time.

«If we terminate the contract, but still want to keep the speed cameras functional, we need a mandate from the Cabinet of Ministers for procurement. This, of course, is outside of the State Police’s competency. The police can only terminate the contract. A representative from Germany participated in the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. He verbally promised to offer proposals on regulating this issue,»- said Kozlovskis.

According to him, it is currently being calculated how much would it cost to buy assets from Vitronic, as well as whether it is possible from a technical and financial standpoint. The minister admitted that one of the possible scenarios is the procurement of speed cameras from Vitronic in Germany. The worst possible scenario would be the termination of speed cameras’ activities in the end of September.

As it was reported previously, 27 stationary and 30 mobile speed cameras out of the required 160 are currently deployed in Latvia. The administration of State Police has already announced the intention to terminate the contract with the Vitronic Baltica un partneri private company, which failed to timely complete the contract’s obligations and deploy 160 speed cameras on Latvia’s roads.

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