Bad sign for speed cameras
NRMA CALLS FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY IN SUBURBAN LIMITS
THE NRMA is calling for clearly marked speed signs to accompany mobile speed cameras in a bid to ensure drivers are not being slugged with fines unfairly.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said it was difficult for the people driving in unfamiliar suburbs to know what the speed limit is.
“If you don’t live in the area, you don’t know what the speed limit is – you should have the speed limit on the warning sign as well,” Mr Khoury said. “What we want is the speed the people are meant to be driving attached to the warning signs for mobile speed cameras.
“Right now, all you have is the sign saying ‘there is a mobile speed camera ahead’. Fixed speed cameras or red light cameras have a speed limit on the sign as well.”
Legislation requires signs up to 250m and again 50m before a mobile camera, and 50m beyond the camera.
There is no requirement for speed limit signs near the cameras. Last week, it was revealed a mobile speed camera site in Colyton was the “most snapped” in NSW bringing in $273,841 in fines.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the State Government had more speed signs than any other state in Australia. “The NSW Government has made sure there is more signage than ever be- fore around speed cameras of all types. Our approach is to save lives, not take people’s money,” Mr Gay said.
“We provide warning 250m ahead of a mobile speed camera so drivers have time to slow down – more than anywhere else.”
Opposition spokeswoman for roads Jodie McKay sha- red the NRMA’s concern. “We need to focus on highvisibility policing, warning notices and more speed monitoring signs to encourage motorists to change their behaviour before they put themselves and others in harm’s way,” she said.