RACV condemns speed switch

The Age

Thursday 27 March 2002
By Andrew Heasley

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria has criticised police for waiving a 10 per cent tolerance on speeding, saying it would discourage drivers from supporting road safety initiatives.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Bob Hastings confirmed yesterday that police would only allow motorists 3 kmh grace, which was all that was legally required.

The RACV said that under Australian Design Rule 18, car speedometers were required to be accurate to within only 10 per cent at speeds above 40 kmh.

"To book motorists for speeds less than 10 per cent above the stated limit would be inconsistent and have a negative effect on motorist support for road safety initiatives," RACV spokesman David Cumming said.

Premier Steve Bracks said yesterday any move to reset speed cameras was entirely up to the police.

He said his government was not aware of plans to reduce the discretionary limit given to drivers caught travelling above the speed limit by cameras, but conceded more people would probably be caught speeding.

Mr Bracks said permanent warning signs would be established on major routes where speed cameras always operated.

"We want a whole highway where there is slowing down, and that I believe would work better with speed signs," he said.

Mr Bracks said that he also wanted motorists to know that random cameras were operating in other parts of the state.

- with Richard Baker