Call for NSW cameras to monitor all vehicles
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.”