A “ administrative error” is at the origin of the contraventions in question. (archives)
Some 1,500 tickets have been issued in error under the Automated Speed Enforcement Program, according to a memo sent to City Council by the City of Ottawa's Public Works Department. Two locations under photo radar surveillance are involved.
The error has been resolved and the tickets given in error will be cancelled. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail, the service note reads.
All speeding tickets issued between July 1 and August 15 at two locations monitored by photo radar will be waived, the one on Abbott Street East, between Moss Hill Trail and Shea Road, nearby from Sacred Heart High School, and on Alta Vista Drive between Ayers Avenue and Ridgemont Avenue.
From September to June, the speed limit in these areas is 40km/h between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. At all other times, however, this limit is 50 km/h.
Due to an administrative error, speeding tickets continued to be issued based on a 40 km/h speed limit in July and August as if the school year had not ended, continues the memo.
Those who have already paid the fine will be reimbursed, without further formality. Citizens who have received a speeding ticket for an infraction detected by an automated speed enforcement device should verify the date and location of their infraction, the memo concludes.