Plans to increase mobile speed cameras under scrutiny

A NSW parliamentary committee will inquire into recent changes to the NSW mobile speed camera program including getting rid of warning signs and using unmarked cars.

John Graham

It will also look at plans to ramp up the use of mobile speed cameras despite them raking in increasing amounts of money from motorists.

As well, the plan will look at the role of private companies involved in delivering services as the government considers tenders to broaden the program.

Speed cameras v direct enforcement

The Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety says it wants to examine how the revenue from fines is being used to fund road safety initiatives and finance the Community Road Safety Fund.

The committee will investigate the balance between speed cameras and direct enforcement by police, committee chair Lou Amato says.

“This inquiry will help us to gain insights into how mobile speed camera enforcement protects road users” he said.

“We want to know what the community thinks about these changes in terms of how they promote and improve road safety.

“We also want to consider how the revenue from speeding fines is spent as part of the ongoing funding of safety initiatives.”

Upping hours of use

The state government is rolling out a suite of changes to the program including the use of unmarked cars since January and the removal of warning signs since last November.

The final change will see an increase in the hours that mobile speed cameras are used from 7,000 to 21,000 per month from the second half of the year, an estimates committee heard in March.

Tenders for the additional hours had closed and were being reviewed, the committee heard.

Revenue raising

Opposition roads spokesman John Graham says the program has raised almost $24 million since November and revenue generated via mobile speed camera fines is increasing since the changes were introduced.

He says $4.75 million raised in April and $6.33 million in March.

“There are concerns about the community reaction to the program and we’re really keen to see the evidence about the safety and revenue,” he told Government News.

The government has defended the mobile speed camera program saying it delivers road safety benefits.

Transport for NSW has signed a $112 million, five-year contract with Redflex Traffic systems to deliver the current mobile speed camera program to 2023.

Submissions can be made to the committee until July 9.

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4 thoughts on “Plans to increase mobile speed cameras under scrutiny

  1. Not to mention all the 40 and 50 zones that have been introduced, the state Government will be rich rich rich Rich Rich.

  2. I have not had a motor vehicle accident in more than 20 years. I have been fined twice in the last six months, once in Wollongong and once in the Blue Mountains. At this rate I am at risk of losing my license before the end of the year. Removing warning signs from undercover speed camera’s will put at risk the employment of many people across the state who otherwise would NOT have contributed to the road toll or decreased road safety. With the licenses of drivers with similar records to mine being put at risk with no apparent correlation to improved road safety, this is exactly the type of state government action that would sway my vote at the next election.

  3. Booking drivers for 0-10 over is ridiculous, road designers have always built in safety factors, speed limits are set to at least 10km/h below design speed eg. NSW M7 was built with a design speed of 110km/h, speed limit set at 100km/h the expectation being that travel speeds would be between 100 & 110. Local roads much the same. Motorways (therefore not all of the dual carriageways with 110km/h) with 110km/h limit are generally built to a much higher design speed, again designers expect traffic to travel at 110 to 130km/h. This obsession with speed limit enforcement to such low tolerances is rare in most other countries, this is a very “Australian only” thing to obsessively focus on one element of road safety.

    Australians, especially drivers in VIC and SA (and soon NSW) pay way more per capita per year in speeding fines compared to drivers of say Europe, UK, USA and Canada, not just a bit more but TEN TIMES more. Please do some research, I looked at 2016/2017 fin. year as the information was more attainable.

  4. Mobile speed cameras should also have noise measurement equipment to capture number plates for future testing. Noise from motorbikes with exhaust baffles removed and loud turbo exhausts are making living near main roads untenable and unhealthy with “75dba plus” not uncommon. Double glazing may be the only expensive option in DA’s for new residential areas.

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