Car dealers win red-light camera scrap

Saskatchewan car dealerships are celebrating a court victory over red light cameras.

Saskatchewan car dealerships are celebrating a court victory over red-light cameras.

At issue was whetherauto dealers should should be solely responsible forpaying tickets issued to clients test driving cars.

On Monday, Saskatoon provincial court Judge Barry Singer ruled that as long as dealers take reasonable steps, the drivercan be heldliable.

"Judge Singer was very enlightened and we certainly appreciate his judgment," said Laurie Bradley, owner of Saskatoon's Northtown Motors, who last year received a red-light camera ticket issued after a client took a test drive.

Bradley had been told he would need to sue the client to get his money back— a step the businessman didn't want to take.

"We really don't want to be the policeman, the judge and the collection agency for Saskatchewan Justice," he said.

Instead, Bradley and a group of Saskatoon car dealerships took the province to court.

In his ruling Monday, Singer decided municipalities could go after the driver as long as dealerships took reasonable steps— including warning customers about the camera and making them sign a waiver showing when they used the vehicle.

Sarah Buhler, the lawyer who represented the dealerships, called it a fair decision.

"This doesn't mean the red light photo cameras are gone," she said. "This just means that if you get that ticket as a registered owner, you have the right to go to court and show the judge that you took some reasonable steps."

Crown prosecutors say they haven't decided whether they will appeal the decision.