TALLINN - The Estonian Ministry of the Interior wants to increase the fines issued on the basis of speed camera recordings and reorganize the responsibilities for local government speed cameras, public broadcaster ERR reported.
According to a bill prepared at the ministry, the unit on which the fine is calculated will be raised from three euros to five euros, which means that the maximum fine would increase from 190 euros to 300 euros.
The explanatory memorandum accompanying the bill says fines have stayed at the same level since speed camera fines were introduced despite the fact that the standard of living and the minimum wage have improved significantly in Estonia, meaning the fines have a smaller and smaller impact on offenders, the English-language news portal of ERR reported.
Under the same bill, in the future, local governments will be able to claim half of the money from speed camera fines.
Tallinn is the only municipality to have installed its own speed cameras. As the law does not allow the municipality to look after its own speed cameras, they were handed over to the Road Administration.
As part of the changes to be introduced by the bill, the police, the Road Administration and local governments would start cooperating in the use of speed cameras in the future. The task of the municipality would be to buy and manage equipment, the Road Administration would manage the database and the police would impose a fine. The local government would then receive half of the fine.
The explanatory memorandum to the bill states that 60 percent of all traffic accidents where a person is injured or killed occur on municipal roads and streets.
The Road Administration has estimated that if 10 speed cameras were put in the four largest cities, the damage caused by traffic accidents would be reduced by about three million euros.