Traffic Camera Fines Net €9.3M Amid Deterrence Debate

Assessing the Impact of Traffic Cameras on Road Safety and State Revenues

Recent data disclosed during the House transport committee meeting has revealed a significant revenue stream from traffic camera fines. From January 1, 2022, to March 14, 2024, violations captured by these cameras have generated a staggering €9,329,369 in fines. The figures were presented by members of parliament, highlighting the extensive reach of the traffic monitoring system.

In the specified period, cameras detected 323,176 violations, leading to fines for 320,447 incidents. Of these, 147,188 fines have been paid, while 149,094 remain unsettled and another 24,165 are currently under legal dispute. A police representative advised that those with outstanding fines should settle them promptly to avoid additional legal costs.

The bulk of these fines were for speeding, with 244,665 incidents recorded, overshadowing the number of traffic light violations at 38,726. The data also showed a distinction between fixed and mobile camera detections, with 137,838 violations caught by the former and 202,172 by the latter.

Despite the efficiency of the system in detecting violations and generating revenue, MPs voiced concerns over its effectiveness as a deterrent. There is a growing perception that the system serves more as a fine collection mechanism than a tool to improve road safety. Disy MP Fotini Tsiridou called for alternative legislative measures to address these issues and promote a more holistic approach.

Adjustments to the system were deemed necessary by Disy MP Prodromos Alambritis to enhance its efficacy. Meanwhile, Akel MP Kostas Kostas criticized the lack of warning signs on vans equipped with mobile speed cameras, suggesting a focus on revenue rather than prevention. This sentiment was shared by Akel MP Valentinos Fakontis who lamented that the system has become more of a financial trap for drivers rather than a means to prevent road accidents.

The discussion in the committee underscores the need for a balanced approach to traffic enforcement—one that prioritizes safety while also acknowledging the fiscal implications of fines.

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