NZ to follow global lead — trial average speed camera
Two trials of average speed cameras and warning signs are good moves to explore fairer and more effective ways of helping drivers stick to the speed limit, says the AA.
The Government has announced that in 2019 it will trial average speed cameras in the Waterview Tunnel and at a roadworks site on the Southern Motorway in Auckland.
“Average speed cameras are used in many other countries so it makes sense for us to trial them here in New Zealand,” says AA principal advisor – regulations Mark Stockdale.
“If they can help us to get more people travelling at safe speeds and less tickets being issued that will be a win-win for everyone.”
Average speed cameras (also known as point-to-point cameras) measure how long it takes a vehicle to travel along a stretch of road. Unlike current cameras, which just capture a vehicle’s speed at a moment in time, the new cameras will only ticket vehicles travelling at an excessive average speed over the whole stretch of road.
A recent survey of AA Members found the majority supported the idea of average speed cameras.
“Overseas experience is that average speed cameras are better at keeping speeds down over wider areas than traditional cameras,” says Mark.
“Importantly, they also had much lower ticketing rates as they are focussed on catching people who are consistently above the limit. The majority of drivers who aim to stick to the limit but might accidentally go above it briefly will avoid a ticket.”