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Private Speed Cameras - Spectra Labs


Nipper

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"Private Speed Camera Contract has been given to a Consortium led by Spectra Labs.
The GoSafe Consortium, which has secured the contract, is headed by Listowel company Xavier McAuliffe’s Spectra Laboratories. "This is great news for Kerry and it’s great news for road safety," said local TD Jimmy Deenihan.

"The involvement of a local company in is evidence of the skills, expertise and talent available in Kerry. I hope that it is just the start of many similar announcements for Kerry-based industries," he added.

Deputy Deenihan praised the role played by Niall Brown and Donal Lucey who spearheaded the bid for the contract.

The success of Spectra and the GoSafe consortium was announced on Friday by Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, and Garda Commissioner, Fachtna Murphy."

The Kingdom - 2009/11/26: Camera contract gets 40 new posts in Kerry



Spectra Labs is owned by Xavier McAuliffe

According to this article in the Independent McAuliffe is a Fianna Fail "Supporter"

"Xavier also had a verbal head-to-head with Bertie Ahern, who he - as a Fianna Fail supporter - says "has no balls", because the Taoiseach promised he'd open the hotel but backed out because of "a planning permission problem with the entrance" - which it now transpires "was not a problem at all".

And all Xavier wants to add to the controversy is one word: "CityWest!"



Read more: Snapshot of a self-made millionaire - Celebrity News & Gossip, Independent Woman - Independent.ie

has anyone got any more details on this deal
 


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It will only be good for road safety if its success is measured by reference to reductions in fatal and serious injury crashes. If it's measured on offences detected it will fail.
Hasn't the speed camera issue been shown in the UK as making no contribution to safety at all, and that it is just a revenue raising scam?

I can see a lot of people doing time for not paying fines on this one, just like those guys in jail for littering at bottle banks.
 

maxthedog

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What's the odds that Spectra will sell the contract in two years time, too an international company at a huge profit.
Irish taxpayer done again.
 

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Hasn't the speed camera issue been shown in the UK as making no contribution to safety at all, and that it is just a revenue raising scam?

I can see a lot of people doing time for not paying fines on this one, just like those guys in jail for littering at bottle banks.
I have absolutely no problem with raising revenue from people who choose to break the law but if that's the purpose of the scheme then we should be honest about it.
 

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Is this the same Xavier McAuliffe named in Moriarty Tribunal

" 1992, Celtic Helicopters was in a perilous financial condition and it became necessary to refund the company. A number of individuals were approached and provided substantial funding. They were Mr. Xavier McAuliffe, Mr. John Byrne, Mr. Patrick Butler, Mr. Mike Murphy and Mr. Guy Snowdon. Mr. Haughey indicated that by this time he was taking a more active interest in Celtic Helicopters but informed the Tribunal in the course of his examination that he knew nothing about Mr. McAuliffe's £50,000 contribution;

Mr. McAuliffe's investment was routed through offshore banks and ultimately transmitted to an Ansbacher account in Dublin in the Irish Intercontinental Bank. Mr. Byrne's investment took an equally circuitous route involving offshore companies and then the main Ansbacher account in Irish Intercontinental Bank.

http://www.moriarty-tribunal.ie/asp/index.asp?ObjectID=310&Mode=0&RecordID=371
 
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Has anyone got any information on the other members of the Gosafe Consortium?
 

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Private speed cameras are the start of the process of privatising policing duties and fire and emergency services.

Expect to see negative coverage of Fire and Ambulance services in the (O'Reilly) press over the next couple of years which will be designed to open up debate on the privatisation of those services.

Eventually all traffic policing will be operated by private enterprises following legislation changes to confer some Garda powers onto private operators. Fire and Ambulance services will also be tendered out. Air/Sea rescue is already run by private operators.

It's not necessarily a bad thing in principle but it is part of the long term plan of converting tax revenue into private revenue. And most companies who win the contracts will not be Irish based, hence export of profits.
 

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Revenue collection method. Nothing more. Expect to see the number of these yolks increase rapidly in the coming years nomatter what the numpties in the RSA say now
 

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Private speed cameras are the start of the process of privatising policing duties and fire and emergency services.

It's not necessarily a bad thing in principle but it is part of the long term plan of converting tax revenue into private revenue. And most companies who win the contracts will not be Irish based, hence export of profits.
It would be a very bad thing and frankly it won't happen.
 

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Maybe it's just me, but does anyone else not think that this speed camera arrangement with a private company is going to result in a massive sh!tstorm.

Consider

- consortium head has questionable past
- company exists to make a profit, cue bucket loads of fines for very minor infringements of the speed limit
- cameras situated in known speed traps, no safety consequences
- cash-strapped populace being hit with another stealth "tax"
- many people will do time for refusal to pay fines

Is it that people just don't have the ability to analyse this situation and derive the consequences. Or maybe it is just me? I never did understand this country anyway.....
 

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My understanding is that they are getting paid by time, so the company can't lose. I'd love to know the figures, but i can't believe it wouldn't have been cheaper for the gardai to buy the vans themselves.
It sounds a bit like the councils who privatise fines, clamping etc and it actually costs the council more money than is ever recouped via fines.
I mean how many fines will a van have to issue each day before the state see's a penny, and what about all the unpaid fines, do we get a credit for them ?
All sounds very tollbridge to me, but only typical of govt contracts.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1120/breaking54.html
 

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I stand corrected, should have read the article first, the state won't make a penny.The fines will "offset" the cost to the taxpayer, what are the traffic corps for then ?. Another typical FF public service contract then !.
 

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My understanding is that they are getting paid by time, so the company can't lose. I'd love to know the figures, but i can't believe it wouldn't have been cheaper for the gardai to buy the vans themselves.
It sounds a bit like the councils who privatise fines, clamping etc and it actually costs the council more money than is ever recouped via fines.
I mean how many fines will a van have to issue each day before the state see's a penny, and what about all the unpaid fines, do we get a credit for them ?
All sounds very tollbridge to me, but only typical of govt contracts.

Speed cameras contract signed - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 20, 2009
An excellent point. Unfortunately we are lumbered with an ideology that demands the privatisation of profits and the socialisation of losses.
 

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I found this on an old thread posted by HanleyS.

http://www.politics.ie/transport/25615-private-speed-cameras-scrapped.html

"Quote:
Originally Posted by Irish Times
High costs hit speed cameras
Tim O'Brien
Ministerial reply suggests plans for 600 privatised speed cameras announced in 2006 has been shelved over cost concerns.
...

In a written parliamentary reply to Kerry North TD Jimmy Deenihan, Mr Lenihan praised the existing enforcement efforts of the Garda, and noted that the number of traffic corps officers would rise to 1,200 this year.

He also pointed out that the speed detection vehicle fleet was due to be replaced this year. But he said the speed camera tender had indicated "substantially higher" costs than "had been previously estimated for the Government".

Mr Lenihan concluded that he would bring proposals before Government shortly "taking into account issues of value for money" and "the enhanced activity" by gardaí.

...

News of the Minister's stance will come as a major disappointment to the Road Safety Authority (RSA), successor to the National Safety Council - the final two chief executives of which resigned, citing a lack of Government support for successive road safety strategies.

The authority chairman Gay Byrne, who last week accused the Government of passing the buck between departments, while members of the RSA grew more anxious, yesterday referred questions to the authority.

...

Commenting on the situation, Mr Deenihan said he believed the Government had decided the strategy would be unpopular in the run up to the local elections next year.© 2008 The Irish Times
 

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The OP is ambigious. It's either a rant against speed cameras or a rant about who got the contract.

The system is not paid for by fines, it's a by time system. They do eight hours work and get paid for eight hours work, whether they tag one speeding vehicle or two thousand speeding vehicles.
The cameras are mobile and are to be moved to various points which are known accident blackspots, not the usual spots. (those are covered by the Gardaí).
The general locations of these cameras will be notified to the general public but not the exact location.

At least the contract went to an Irish company rather than a foreign company.
 

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Revenue collection method. Nothing more. Expect to see the number of these yolks increase rapidly in the coming years nomatter what the numpties in the RSA say now
+1
 

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Hasn't the speed camera issue been shown in the UK as making no contribution to safety at all, and that it is just a revenue raising scam?

I can see a lot of people doing time for not paying fines on this one, just like those guys in jail for littering at bottle banks.
Yep, the conservatives have the scaling back of the scheme as one of their policies.
 

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