The Government of Alberta has announced that they will be changing photo radar rules. Over the next year, the province will be working with local municipalities and law enforcement on removing all ‘fishing hole’ locations across the province.
“Alberta has the highest usage of photo radar in Canada, and these changes will finally eliminate the cash cow that affects so many Albertans. Photo radar must only be used to improve traffic safety, and with theses changes, municipalities will no longer be able to issue thousands of speeding tickets simply to generate revenue,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors
The Government of Alberta implemented a pause on new radar equipment and locations on December 1, 2019. In 2022-2023, $171 million was generated from photo radar tickets.
The cap on any new photo radar equipment, programs or new photo radar locations will be extended until the one-year consultation with municipalities is complete on Dec. 1, 2024. Edmonton and Calgary will have the option to redeploy the photo radar units previously used on the ring roads to areas in their cities where they have a safety impact – in school, playground and construction zones.