Between 2001 and 2005, 689 red light crashes were recorded in Auckland. An analysis of red light running crashes at thirteen intersections in the central city resulted in an estimated social cost of around $12.5 million, or nearly $1 million per intersection over five years. New Zealand Police and Auckland City Council agreed to undertake a red light camera pilot project. A project working group was established to ensure a collaborative approach with all key stakeholders including Auckland councils (prior to the formation of the Auckland "supercity"), Police, Ministry of Transport, NZTA and the Automobile Association.
The red light camera pilot was formally launched in May 2008 together with an extensive education campaign to advise drivers of the risks of running through red lights and that red light cameras would be operating.
An initial evaluation was completed by Auckland City Council in 2009. A draft report was compiled to support the continuation and expansion of the programme, but was not completed because of the transition between the former Auckland City Council and the new Auckland Council and Auckland Transport in 2010.
ViaStrada was commissioned to edit and review the draft report and provide an international literature review. About 40 literature sources were reviewed and key points summarised to support the report and future implementation. ViaStrada did this project within one week of first discussing it with the client.