4 Nov 2009

Council wants speed camera law change

8:53 pm on 4 November 2009

Wellington Regional Council has begun pushing for a law change to allow it to operate speed cameras and red light cameras.

Last year, 21 people died on the region's roads and the number of serious casualties has also increased.

Council transport policy and strategy manager Jane Davis says a number of the changes needed can only be addressed by central Government.

She says the council is asking for the ability to install cameras, should they be found to be valuable in lowering the number of crashes.

Ms Davis believes there is a high chance the Government will see the cameras as an effective tool, though their future relies on a trial being undertaken on Auckland roads.

Wellington's road policing manager says strict rules would need to be in place if red light and speed camera controls are extended to councils.

Inspector Peter Baird says rules would need to ensure cameras are sited in the right place, based on relevant crash data linked to the risk of drivers running red lights.