Outrage over drivers being fined in Sydney for exceeding the limit of just 3 km/h in the 50 km/h zone
Outrage at Sydney motorists being fined for driving just a few miles above the speed limit, fearing police have secretly lowered camera tolerance
- Sydney driver Justin said he had been fined four times in the past three weeks
- He said he was speeding between 3km and 6km in the 50km/h zone
- Motorcycle expert Josh Dowling said the government has lowered the speed limit
Sydney police have been accused of secretly reducing the speeding fine after motorists were fined for barely going over the speed limit.
Justin, who has been driving on Sydney’s north coast for some 20 years, said he has been fined four times in the past month for driving between 3km/h and 6km/h over the limit in a 50km zone. /you.
“I’ve done something wrong, I’m not denying it, but I was beginning to think it couldn’t be a coincidence… something must have changed,” he said. 2GB radio on Thursday.
Josh Dowling, the national auto editor for Drive.com, said he believed the government was secretly reducing tolerance for speed cameras to catch drivers driving slightly over the limit.
“This is a shame, as the portable signs around speed camera locations were removed, they also lowered the barrier for people to cross the line,” he said.
“It means they’re catching many, many more people than before.”
Mr Dowling said that although it was not known what the threshold was, it was clear from Justin’s experience that the police were cracking down on motorists around Sydney.
The changes would have come into effect about nine months ago, Mr Dowling said.
NSW Transport said it could not comment on speed camera tolerance.
However, since the beginning of the year, $22 million in fines have been issued for low-speed speeding violations, up 1,500 percent from the same period last year.
Justin said he did not believe it was a ‘good judgment’ by the government to issue such fines amid the Covid-19 outbreak and the lockdown in Sydney.
A driver in Sydney was fined for driving just 3 km over the limit in a 50 km/h zone
In NSW, for speeds up to 10 km/h above the limit, the fine is $123 and one penalty point.
“After this pandemic is over, there will be fines everywhere,” Justin said.
Mr Dowling said drivers should pay attention to the road and not constantly check their speedometer.
“Picking people out for a few miles over the limit isn’t about road safety, it’s clearly about getting the money in the bank,” he said.
The government has previously been criticized for removing the warning signs for mobile speed cameras.
The decision to remove the signs left drivers coughing up $4 million for low-speed driving violations in May alone, according to opposition leader Chris Minns.
Minns labeled the removal of warning signs a “blatant money robbery” and called for a return to highly visible policing on the roads.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of $22 million in fines has been issued in NSW for low-speed speeding violations, an increase of 1,500 percent from the same period last year.
“The NSW government has come up with a way to hit families with hundreds of dollars for low-range speeding by hiding the cameras,” he said.
Earlier this month, the government was forced to backtrack as NSW Transport Secretary Andrew Constance announced that fixed warning signs for the mobile speed cameras would be reinstated statewide.
“We are already seeing a change in driver behavior with 3.5 drivers caught by the cameras per enforcement hour in June, compared to 5 drivers per hour in February, and we want that downward trend to continue with these new ones. plates,” he said. .
“Speeding is the leading cause of death on our roads, last year nearly 50 percent of fatalities were caused by someone driving at an inappropriate speed.”