GUIDANCE FOR USING RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Federal Highway AdministrationNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration
March 20, 2003
LIST OF TABLES
RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
System Procurement Alternatives
There are a number of alternatives available to State and local agencies for the development and operation of red light camera programs. A State or local agency may take on full responsibility for system operations and citation processing functions or elect to outsource these functions to a private contractor. Where a private contractor is responsible for installation and operation of the red light camera equipment, the State or local agency should establish the necessary procedures so that the agency has complete oversight and day-to-day supervision of the program. Table 5-1 summarizes selected alternatives for the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of red light camera systems that are available to State and local agencies.
Where a private contractor is responsible for the processing of citations, compensation to private vendors solely based on the number of citations issued should be avoided. It has been determined by courts in multiple locations that it is inappropriate for the private contractor to be placed in any situation where its judgment in the installation and operation of the system may be influenced by their possible revenue stream. This conflict of interest should be avoided in all phases of the system installation and operation: startup, design, installation, operation, and maintenance. At all times, the State or local agency should verify and exercise oversight of all actions of the private contractor.
Some agencies are compensating their camera system vendors based on a flat fee per location per time period. Others have installed and operate their own systems. It may also be appropriate to pay a vendor to operate and maintain an agency-designed and -implemented system. Compensation should be based solely on the value of the equipment or the services provided.
Tables 5-2 and 5-3 summarize selected contractor payment options.