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State Police: breach of the contract with Vitronic would worsen safety on the road

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Guntars Marķitāns

Photo radars are necessary on Latvian roads, and the State Police is interested in employing them in the future as well. All possible solutions will be sought to preserve the contract with photo radar manufacturers, says Deputy Chief of State Police Guntars Marķitāns in an interview to Latvijas Radio (Latvia’s Radio).

He also adds that the contract’s conditions have not been met by the service provider and no explanations for this were given.

He notes that there is a problem with land owners that do not allow radars to be deployed on their land. There was a risk, which is to be considered. The collapse of Krajbanka created new problems, and the service provider was given ample time to resolve them. If the contract ends up being broken in August, after multiple warnings, Deputy Chief expects a worsening of the situation on the road.

Still, he hopes that there will be positive results from the cooperation with Vitronic Baltica, and that photo radars will also be stationed on Latvia’s roads in the future as well, because they have proven their worth.

Currently, Vitronic Baltica and its partners have 20 days to install all remaining (over 100) photo radars, or offer a detailed explanation and proposals for the solution of this situation. If the company’s arguments are enough, warnings will be called off, but the SP has yet to receive any worthwhile arguments.

Vitronic Baltica and its partners were supposed to solve all the problems and complete their contract obligations by July 24. Therefore, representatives of the SP met with the company to check on the progress and make decisions about future actions.

The company installed a total of 27 stationary photo radars by July 27. The contract dictates that the company is obligated to install a total of 160 photo radars, 60 of which are supposed to be fake. In addition to that, the company is also obligated to provide maintenance services for 30 mobile photo radars.

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