The number of motorists being stung with speeding fines has soared more than 1500 per cent after the NSW government took away warning signs for mobile cameras.
Fines handed out to drivers travelling less than 10km over the speed limit has sky-rocketed to 27,760 given out in March alone.
Less than 2,000 drivers a month were hit with the $123 fine before the controversial removal of warning signs that previously alerted motorists to mobile speeding cameras.
The number of Sydney motorists being stung with speeding fines has soared more than 1,500 per cent after the NSW government removed warning signs for mobile speeding cameras (pictured)
Fines handed out to drivers travelling less than 10km over the speed limit has sky-rocketed to 27,760 in March alone
Prior to their removal, the ‘your speed has been checked’ warning signs had been placed 250m before and 50m after each mobile speed camera.
The low range offences in March 2020 were just 1,637, and in 2019 were 1,616.
But in April 2021, 17,171 drivers were slapped with fines for driving less than 10km over the speed limit, well above April 2020’s 1,253 fines and April 2019’s 1,479 fines.
Chris Minns, the new leader for NSW Labor, has slammed the removal of warning signs and argued for a return to high visibility policing on roads.
Prior to their removal, the ‘your speed has been checked’ warning signs had been placed 250m before and 50m after each mobile speed camera
‘The NSW government has worked out a way to slug families with hundreds of dollars for low range speeding offences by hiding the cameras,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.
‘This policy has made families and tradies poorer, but it hasn’t made our roads safer.’
Mr Minns said the return of warning signs and an increase in police highway patrols will stop drivers forking out for fines and have a positive effect on road safety.
Despite speed camera revenue climbing from $478,580 in March 2020 to $6.3million in March 2021, it has made little impact on road fatalities.
Statistics reveal 138 people have died on NSW roads so far this year, compared to 130 for the same period in 2020.
Despite speed camera revenue climbing from $478,580 in March 2020 to $6.3million in March 2021, it has made little impact on road fatalities
However the government has double-downed on the changes, pointing to figures that reveal fatalities were down by 15 deaths in the past five months, when compared to the last three year average.
Labor roads spokesman John Graham has previously slammed the installation of secret cameras as revenue raising, and warns the government isn’t slowing down.
Mr Graham said the exuberant amount of fines would continue to climb after an intention was confirmed to triple the number of cameras.
Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety Tara McCarthy said there was no such thing as safe speeding and that every kilometre over the limit made a difference.
‘There’s a lot of focus on how many people are being fined when the real issue here is how many people are driving above the limit and putting their own life and the lives of others at risk’, she said.
In April 2021, 17,171 drivers were slapped with fines for driving less than 10km over the speed limit, well above April 2020’s 1253 fines and April 2019’s 1479 fines
Ms McCarthy has previously said the revenue collected from speeding fines is put back into road safety measures, such as safety barriers.
Nationals MP Wes Fang, who has been vocal about his disapproval of Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s move, said drivers in regional areas of the state are most impacted.
‘I fear that we are having a detrimental effect on rural and regional families because people are losing their licences and then their livelihoods all to raise more money to prop up the state’s balance sheet,’ Mr Fang told The Daily Telegraph in April.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury is in favour of mobile speed cameras coming with warning signs.
‘We believe the warning signs act as an important educational tool and help slow drivers down’, he said.
TOP FIVE NSW MOBILE SPEED CAMERA REVENUE LOCATIONS
Mobile speed camera revenue and fines issued from November 2020 to April 2021
1. Hume Highway Casula Southbound – 1887 fines issued with $394,557 revenue
2. Pennant Hills Road Carlingford Southbound – 1732 fines issued with $296,344 revenue
3. The Northern Road Harrington Park Southbound – 1360 fines issued with $268,336 revenue raised
4. Knox Road Doonside Southbound – 1254 fines issued with $245,898 revenue raised
5. Windsor Road Northmead Southbound – 1273 fines issued with $219,174 revenue raised
Source: Transport for NSW