By on November 19, 2009


Angry shareholders yesterday ousted the chairman of the board of a major traffic camera company and two of his closest allies. Redflex Chairman Chris Cooper and Directors Peter Lewinsky and Roger Sawley resigned to avoid an embarrassing vote after learning that a majority of shareholder proxies expressed no confidence in their continued leadership. The internal revolt followed closely upon the revolt of Ohio voters in the cities of Chillicothe and Heath.

Cooper and his wife will retain influence on Redflex as major shareholders in the company, a point the former chairman made while delivering a farewell address to meeting attendees.

“Without doubt, Redflex’s primary basis is as a business entity,” Cooper said. “Its activities are focused on generating a profitable bottom line for the company’s owners — its shareholders…. I intend personally to maintain a significant financial investment in the company and maintain my support for the company.”

Despite the ongoing recession, Redflex boasted of a 48 percent increase in revenue for the Australian company. As 87 percent of the company’s revenue stream derives from motorists in the United States, trouble with American ticketing programs can put the future of Redflex growth on the line. The company explained that the US public is increasingly not paying citations issued by the private Australian company.

“Collection rates in the US business remain an issue and this is a particular focus for the company,” CEO Graham Davie said.”[There has been] a reduction in collection rates in a number of jurisdictions, and particularly in the state of Arizona.”

Management of the Arizona program, which Davie said caused a loss of cash due to “allocation of poor quality deployments for the mobile speed vans” served as a catalyst for the shareholder action.

“Hunter Hall has concluded that, so far, the ‘Arizona statewide’ program has been an expensive failure,” revolt leader Jack Lowenstein wrote on behalf of his firm.

Later today, the top Redflex lobbyist, Jay Heiler, will defend the Arizona photo radar program in a debate with the grassroots group at a meeting of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.


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5 Comments on “Shareholder Revolt Takes Out Three Traffic Camera Company Leaders...”

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    This is what happens when an idea born in countries like the UK and Austrailia meets slightly more freedom and civil rights in America. “Over There” the populace just pays the fines and little can seriously be done about it. Here, voters have a number of tools and options at their disposal. The very idea of robotic ticketing is being attacked simply because of identity errors and the general perception that offenders deserve to have an officer confront them at the scene.
    Most of these cameras are exposed as revenue generators anyway. After a period of time no decrease in accidents occurs, and in some case more accidents happen as a result of driver reaction to sight of a camera.
    This company foresaw universal acceptance of cameras in every town, city and village with Redflex capturing a piece of the action. A huge wealth transfer from drivers to Oz. Probably not going to happen.

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    In the southwestern US, just the knowledge coming out that the profits are going to a foreign economy is enough to cause an uproar.  They still have the nerve to believe in freedom out there.

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    I think a great deal of the American outrage to this kind of automated ticketing is based on the precept of “Innocent until proven guilty” – aka, if I’m doing something against the law, you have to actually catch me at it if you want to charge me.
    The automated setup is more on the lines of “someone out there is doing something illegal, so we’ll just test everybody until we find him”.  Which is awful totolitarian.

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    These are 100% revenue generator schemes, and only revenue generator schemes.  They do absolutely nothing for safety, and I can prove it:
    May 8, apparently speeding over the limit by 10mph past a camera.
    July 8, get a notification in the mail for the incident, a payment demand, and a photo.
    If I was speeding and endangering, why not stop me?  How was sending me a mail two months later going to stop my speeding and endangering on the day I was doing it?
    Has there ever been anything foisted upon citizens by their government in the US that has been less popular since, I don’t know, the boston tea party?

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