NSW considering unmarked speed camera vans
Posted Tue Jun 5, 2007 10:02am AEST
The New South Wales Police Force and the Roads and Traffic Authority are looking at new
technology to catch speeding drivers, including the use of cameras in unmarked vans.
The NSW Roads Minister, Eric Roozendaal, says Victoria uses unmarked vans to catch drivers
speeding and it works well.
"There is strong evidence in other jurisdictions, both Australia and overseas, that there are other
strategies that can be adopted to discourage speeding," he said.
"But before the New South Wales Government will move from its position of high visibility
enforcement, we would need to see strong and clear evidence that this would be an effective
Mr Roozendaal insists the proposal is not about raising revenue.
"I would prefer to see all the speed cameras in New South Wales earn no revenue and to have
motorists slow down."
The Opposition and NRMA reject the proposal
The New South Wales Opposition has labelled the proposal 'sneaky' and ineffective.
The opposition roads spokesman, Duncan Gay, says he does not believe that the plan is anything
more than a revenue raiser.
"This is a sneaky way to raise money, not a good way to save lives," he said.
Mr Gay says drivers slow down when they see police cars, and that means unmarked vans would not
act as a deterrent.
The motoring organisation, NRMA, agrees that a highly visible police presence is the best way to
deter speeding drivers.
Spokesman, Alan Evans, says he hopes figures showing Victoria issues more speeding fines than
NSW are not considered proof of the strategy's effectiveness.
"They're using the argument that more fines means that people are behaving more - it doesn't stack
up," he said.
"What we've got to look at is the rate of crashes per million kilometres, the rate of deaths per million
"Not just an exercise in how can we raise more money out of motorists, but rather how can we stop
them breaking the rules, be safer drivers on safer roads."
Support for the proposal
The Pedestrian Council of Australia has backed the proposal.
Its chairman, Harold Scruby, says Victoria has significantly reduced its road toll since bringing in a
"We've got to know when we speed that we can be caught anywhere, anytime," he said.
Mr Scruby says trials in NSW show unmarked vans make drivers slow down everywhere instead of
sticking to the speed limit in areas they know are monitored.