Call for NSW cam­eras to mon­i­tor all ve­hi­cles

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THE AUS­TRALIAN Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) has urged the New South Wales govern­ment to ex­tend the use of point-to-point speed cam­eras to all com­muters.

Cur­rently only tar­get­ing heavy­duty op­er­a­tors, the in­dus­try body says the point-to-point cam­era mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram in the state isn’t be­ing used to im­prove safety as ef­fec­tively as it could be.

“The prin­ci­pal aim of in­stalling point-to-point speed cam­eras is to im­prove road safety for all, yet NSW re­mains the only state that does not ap­ply this technology on cars as well as trucks,” ATA chair Noe­lene Wat­son says.

Ap­peal­ing to NSW premier Mike Baird in writ­ing ahead of a gath­er­ing of trans­port min­is­ters in Perth, where road safety was high on the agenda, Wat­son says with ac­ci­dents of­ten caused by those not driv­ing the heavy ve­hi­cle, an over­all road toll de­crease could come via an even play­ing field.

“In­de­pen­dent re­search and sta­tis­ti­cal ev­i­dence shows more than 80 per cent of fa­tal multi-ve­hi­cle crashes that in­volve heavy ve­hi­cles are the fault of the other driver,” she says. “The ATA be­lieves the most ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion for this technology would be to ex­pand the point-to-point speed check­ing pro­gram to tar­get ev­ery mo­torist for not com­ply­ing with the posted speed lim­its.”

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