Nominate the Driver

pointing fingerThe state of New South Wales, Australia has just tightened their rules on intersection safety camera violations. Companies were not nominating the drivers of their vehicles who were responsible for the violations as that state requires. This amounted to approximately 7,000 events that drivers were not held accountable for.

New South Wales operates an intersection safety camera system similar to the one here in B.C. There are two significant differences though: mobile and average speed cameras are used and drivers receive points when convicted.

Vehicle owners can nominate the driver when someone else was using their vehicle and drivers who were using someone else's vehicle can nominate themselves.

The entire process can be accomplished on line and camera images can be accessed by providing the penalty notice number and date of the offence.

Effective in July 2021 a penalty of up to $22,000 could be imposed on companies who fail to nominate the driver responsible for an intersection safety camera violation.

The state publishes an annual review of speed camera programs, the latest available is for 2019. It claims that at fixed speed camera locations there has been a:

  • 36 per cent reduction in casualty crashes
  • 74 per cent reduction in fatalities
  • 41 per cent reduction in injuries

representing a saving of $530 million to the community.

The reductions at camera locations compare to the state wide change over the same period:

  • 18 per cent reduction in casualty crashes
  • 35 per cent reduction in fatalities
  • 20 per cent reduction in injuries

Their red light camera program reports similar numbers and include a 52% reduction in pedestrian casualties compared to 30% in general.

Revenue from the cameras fund road safety initiatives including engineering works, enhanced enforcement by the NSW Police Force, public education campaigns and community grants. B.C. also follows this practice, but does not restrict the use to fund road safety specifically.

Accountability is one way of encouraging drivers to share the roads safely. While New South Wales is strengthening it, B.C. seems to have chosen to go in the opposite direction. Today the only intersection safety camera violation that forms part of any driving record in B.C. is when a commercial vehicle with a National Safety Code safety certificate is identified. Those convictions form part of the company profile.

The Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) program is not effective when the vehicle involved in the violation is towing a trailer as that license plate does not identify the motor vehicle pulling it.

With our recent changes to ICBC coverage we certainly have a stake as victims in seeing that crashes are reduced. Nominating the driver for ISC offences is one tool that we could use to raise accountability for bad drivers.

If a trailer prevents identification of the motor vehicle, does a bicycle rack that blocks the licence plate also prevent identification of the motor vehicle? Seems to me the rack would.

If so, a bicycle rider that uses a licence plate blocking vehicle mounted rack (very common) is not only immune to camera violations when riding the bicycle, but also immune to camera violations when in that motor vehicle.

Good article, quite a revelation to see the actual numbers for deaths etc. I have long wondered why we don’t have more intersection cameras clearly they do help, I suppose it’s the segment of our population that seems to think that their privacy is being invaded by having cameras?

Yes, astounding that BC governments, Liberal, or NDP have little interest in modern technology to change driver behaviour and reduce injuries and deaths. Only COVID has done this.

ICBC doesn't care who is right or wrong, only how much they can charge you. They do not care how much you are hurt, only what they will have to pay!

It sucks to get hurt by another driver with no recourse now. The government tells you how much you hurt and how much penalty the other driver pays while your life may be in tatters. They walk free, free to do it again to another poor schmuck.

Is this right? They should have to look after you for the rest of your life and your family's.

Note: I have never been seriously hurt in an accident, thank God!

To me any automated enforcement is just a money grab with no intentions of reducing accidents.

I know you can't have a cop at every intersection but what is done by sending a ticket to the registered owner after the vehicle has run a red light? Safety wise is not a ticket at the time a better way of reducing accidents?

And I truly wish we could get cops that could remove the blinkers and get out on the road and start issuing tickets for other than speeding, redlight, no seat belts and using a cell phone.

Of course as the vehicles continue to add in safety features most of this will be eliminated in a few years?

Final thought what are the cops going to do when all traffic is automated?