Wednesday 28 September 2016

Speed-camera firm got payments of €17.27m

Gordon Deegan

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

One of GoSafe's mobile road safety cameras Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
One of GoSafe's mobile road safety cameras Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The firm that operates the network of speed camera vans around the country for the Gardai received payments of €17.27m for the work last year.

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The Go Safe consortium received the payments from the Gardai as the police body confirmed that the current contract expires in November of this year.

The Go Safe consortium secured the €80m Garda Síochana contract to operate the speed camera vans from 2009 and was recording operating profits of around €50,000 per week in 2012.

However, the consortium has since put their profits off-limits to public scrutiny by re-registering as an unlimited company where it is no longer required to file annual accounts. This move is also designed to not allow rival firms to know their profit margins and tender accordingly for the new contract.

The Go Safe consortium does not receive any performance-related payments.

The cameras operate on sections of road which have a history of collisions where speed was a contributory factor and the areas where they operate are available on the garda website.

The most recent audit report for the Go Safe firm, Road Safety Operations Ireland confirmed only that it recorded profits in the 12 months to the end of March 2015.

The operation of the network of camera vans has come under growing scrutiny in courts across the country. Last month at Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan ruled that Go Safe employees don't have the required authority to help prosecute speeding cases.

Irish Independent

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