Monday 26 September 2016

Operators of Go Safe speed cameras 'have no powers'

Gordon Deegan

Published 09/03/2016 | 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

There will be a fresh High Court challenge to the legislation surrounding the use of Go Safe speed cameras after a judge ruled that employees of the private firm do not have authority to help prosecute speeding cases.

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Judge Patrick Durcan, hearing a test case in Ennis District Court yesterday, said it was not sufficient for a prosecution for Go Safe operators to say they are employed by the company, have done various courses and are aware of the contract between their firm and the Minister for Justice.

He said that, like Revenue Commissioner officers and traffic wardens, Go Safe personnel should have a warrant giving them specific powers to carry out their duties.

He told the court: "It seems to me that they have to have specific powers, pursuant to a specific statutory provision to do a specific thing - and that is not there."

However, Judge Durcan added that, to remove any uncertainty over the issue, the case should go forward to the High Court to decide upon.

Irish Independent

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