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Tijuana's council voted 12-3, with two abstentions, to settle with Global Corp. for 8 million pesos, or $632,000, over past traffic fines generated by an electronic traffic-violation ticketing system Global first set up during the 2004-2007 Jorge Hank Rhon mayoral administration.
The overall settlement with Global Corp. is for 150 million pesos, or nearly $12 million, El Mexicano reported Councilman Eduardo Enrique Parra Romero as saying.
After Hank implemented the system, subsequent administrations abandoned it. Global Corp. sued, saying it had not been paid. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Recent mention of case, in context of Tijuana's debt.
Update, Jan. 23: Institutional Revolutionary Party Councilman Parra Romero says no one will be exempt from paying fines for speeding and making illegal U-turns, not even the mayor. He said there will be a two-month period to inform the public about putting the system back in place. He said it should be back in operation in less than nine months. Story, El Mexicano.
Update, Jan. 24: National Action Party Councilman Erwin Areizaga says there has been no vote to pay 150 million pesos to Global Corp., and he linked the company to Hank, like Parra a member of the PRI. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 10: Parra says decision not to have new system in place until fall 2013 was not timed to avoid having the PRI possibly be punished by voters over the issue in July municipal elections. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).