Getting rid of mobile speed cameras ‘has NOT made NSW roads safer’

Getting rid of the mobile speed camera signs has NOT made roads safer – it ‘just made people disrespect the law,’ says the NRMA

  • NRMA contact, Mr Lane, has spoken out in favor of speed camera stamps
  • Mr Lane argued that signs are enough to catch drivers who aren’t paying attention
  • Former NSW Roads Minister said cameras should not exist for entrapment


Removing mobile speed camera signage in NSW hasn’t helped make roads safer, but has reduced people’s compliance with the law, the NRMA says.

Michael Lane, the NRMA’s national media liaison, told a NSW Parliamentary Road Safety Committee that more police officers actively patrolling the roads would improve public perceptions of enforcement.

It would also have a greater impact on drivers’ driving habits and help police solve other crimes.

Michael Lane, the NRMA’s national media liaison, has argued that unsigned mobile speeds are not as effective as active patrol cars because they have immediate effects (stock image)

He said mobile speed cameras have been set up in “peculiar locations,” not necessarily where the data says crashes are occurring, and signage should be largely brought back.

People caught by signposted cameras are not paying close attention while driving, and the signs also serve as a reminder for people to keep an eye on their behavior on the road, Mr Lane said.

He told the study that more police officers on the road is better than more cameras.

Mr Lane argues that 'a camera is just a fine in the post later it means nothing' and police actively patrolling high crash zones would be more effective (stock image)

Mr Lane argues that ‘a camera is just a fine in the post later it means nothing’ and police actively patrolling high crash zones would be more effective (stock image)

If an officer doesn’t stop people and talk to them about their behavior, and “just hide in the bushes” to do speed traps, they’re not doing their job properly.

“A camera is just a fine on the post later, it means nothing,” said Mr Lane.

Also, the fines had a more adverse effect on those with less money, and losing your driver’s license in a region for collecting demerit points made a greater difference than for someone living in a city with public transport options.

Former NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said highway patrolling 'back in trees and hiding behind billboards' is 'just wrong' and argued speed cameras should not be used for 'entrapment' (stock image)

Former NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said highway patrolling ‘back in trees and hiding behind billboards’ is ‘just wrong’ and argued speed cameras should not be used for ‘entrapment’ (stock image)

Jeremy Wooley, director of the Center for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, told the study that more policing on the roads would help “to a certain extent”, but would cause financial and financial problems.

‘With automated camera technology you can cover much larger areas and work much more efficiently,’ says Dr Wooley.

He cited research suggesting that “even tripling the police activity is not enough to generate the desired results,” and that cameras should be located “with an element of randomness” as the location of fatal accidents changes from year to year. .

The NSW government announced last year that mobile speed camera warning signs would be removed, but later announced that fixed warning signs would be rolled out as a reminder that motorists can be caught anywhere, anytime

The NSW government announced last year that mobile speed camera warning signs would be removed, but later announced that fixed warning signs would be rolled out as a reminder that motorists can be caught anywhere, anytime

“What we want is an overall suppressive effect, not just in the locations where a fatality has occurred,” said Dr Wooley.

Former NSW Roads Secretary Duncan Gay told the survey ‘one of the best safety incentives is a flagged police car with a buyer in it’ and camera signage had a similar effect.

But highway patrol cars that “back up in the trees and hide behind billboards” are “just wrong.”

“Flashlights are important, but they shouldn’t be there to catch,” said Mr. gay.

During his time as Roads Minister between 2011 and 2017, Mr Gay removed speed cameras that he says were “of no good purpose”.

Some of them “were in the wrong place” and moved to other areas.

Additional cameras were added to the collection and the number of cameras around the state increased.

The NSW government announced last November that the mobile speed camera warning signs would be removed, but in August it announced that fixed warning signs would be rolled out to remind motorists that they can be caught anywhere, anytime.

The partial decline came after a rise in the number of people fined for driving less than 10 km/h over the limit, with parts of western Sydney and regional NSW bearing the brunt.

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