In an announcement published on 1 December 2020 the NSW Government announced a controversial change to the speed camera laws. The law and policy sought to remove signs warning drivers that they are approaching a mobile speed camera. The Government didn’t stop there though, and they’ve also decided to remove the markings on the mobile speed camera cars.
Now, drivers wont have a clue that they’ve passed a mobile speed camera until they receive the penalty notice.
Roads Minister Andrew Constance has said the point is to bring NSW in line with other jurisdictions. He went on to say it is about changing culture and behaviour.
Speed camera warning signs aren’t the only change however. Within the same legislation the Government are also taking aim at drunk, drug affected and distracted drivers.
It has been called the “Four Angels Law”, named for the children who were tragically killed by an allegedly drunk and drug affected driver in Oatlands.
The Changes to Speed Cameras
The major changes for mobile speed cameras are:
- the removal of warning signs before and after the speed camera car
- the removal of high visibility markings from the speed camera car
- the placements of the speed camera cars will now be more hidden
- the locations will be randomised more frequently
Criticism of the Changes
Critics of this change say that removing the warning signs from speed cameras isn’t about safety at all. Instead, these critics say it is about revenue raising.
The NRMA have been one of the loudest critics to the change. The NRMA have said that warning signs are crucial to education and that they are a warning to drivers about a dangerous area.
Removing signs, hiding the cameras and taking the markings off the cars does not alert drivers to the fact they should slow down. The criticism that this is purely about revenue raising is not unfounded.
Other critics say that the change to speed cameras should not be tied to the Oatlands crash. The driver in that case was both drunk and drug affected. The presence of a speed camera warning sign would not have stopped that driver from acting in the manner alleged. It has been said that if the Government were serious about road safety they’d have more cameras and more warning signs so that drivers are forced to slow down.
Can I find out where the Speed Cameras will be?
For now at least, you can find out where speed cameras are in New South Wales. The list is not updated in real time, but it does contain all of the possible approved sites.
The Government publishes a list and you can search for mobile or fixed cameras in NSW. The list may end up disappearing from the internet though, as it also warns drivers where cameras may be.
What to do if you get a Speeding Ticket from a Mobile Speed Camera
Before electing to go court or submitting a review request it is always best to speak with a traffic law expert.
Anything you say in a review request can impact your defence or explanation at court. Cameras are deemed under the legislation to be correct unless you can prove otherwise. Elections to go to court can also result in convictions being recorded against you on your criminal record.
Electing to go to court also increases the maximum penalty and you can be fined up to $2,200 for most speeding offences.
Our experienced traffic lawyers are available 24/7 to talk about your speed camera matter. Call us today on (02) 4800 9011 or make an enquiry.