Bonheiden to introduce record of 22 average speed checks
Bonheiden – Rijmenam is planning to introduce as many as 22 average speed checks. That is an absolute record for a Belgian municipality of only 29,2 km² and 15 000 inhabitants. What’s also unique is the town installing them through public-private cooperation (Privaat-Publieke Samenwerking, PPS). The decision was taken on Thursday evening during the council meeting.
Calling in a PPS for additional speed checks means that private partners will pay for the technical installation while Bonheiden will collect the fines. Next year, 22 streets with a 30 kph or 50 kph limit will be equipped with ANPR cameras. Infringers will pay an average of 53 euros; 24 euros of this sum will go to the PPS partners. And the maximum fine can amount up to 163 euros.
Today, Bonheiden only has three average speed checks. Each of them represents a 180 000 euros investment. The 22 future average speed checks will be free of charge for Bonheiden. The municipality will only provide the electricity contract and the civil servant to follow up the administration.
Apart from the average speed checks, Bonheiden is also planning to introduce a 30 kph zone. After a successful pilot project six months ago, the municipality now wants to install it permanently.
Not everybody is happy with Bonheiden’s plans, though. Especially the 22 average speed checks encounter resistance. Opposition party N-VA, for instance, voted against the new mobility plan, the average speed checks, and the 30 kph zone. They consider the additional speed checks ‘a rip-off’ and a means of bullying Bonheiden’s inhabitants.