Public Private Partnerships in Traffic Enforcement

In most countries traffic law enforcement equipment is owned and operated by government organizations, and office procedures such as data processing, issuing of citations, and traffic fines collection, have also been government-run. In the past twenty years much semi-privatization has occurred in government owned or controlled services. Government tasks that are funded and operated through a partnership with a private company are called Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). In a PPP, a private company will purchase and install equipment such as speed or red-light cameras, and conduct office procedures. These investments are funded by revenues from fines collected during the contract term. Public acceptance of the PPP model is vital, entailing transparency, publicity and continuous communication for successful operation. Full service traffic law enforcement PPPs are often organized in close cooperation with local administration and police. Due to the high initial investment and gradual repayment, such PPPs are usually based on long term contracts, and regulations may need to be changed to allow the involvement of a private company. One process difficult to outsource is the formal confirmation of a violation by a review of photographic or video evidence, which can usually only be performed by a government official, such as a police officer. Depending on laws and regulations in specific jurisdictions, there may be further issues limiting a private company’s involvement in a PPP. Properly implemented traffic enforcement PPPs could greatly contribute to the reduction of traffic accidents, casualties, and injuries, as well as improving traffic flow, safety, lowering emissions and reducing noise pollution.


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  • Accession Number: 01680738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 16-02
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2018 2:54PM