PCA asks NSW Roads Minister Carl Scully to emulate Victorian example and install speed cameras on Harbour Bridge

Tuesday 14 October 2003
In an article in the SMH published 27 November 2002, entitled: 'More speed cameras help - now let's focus on how we use them', the Chairman of the PCA, Mr Harold Scruby wrote (quote):

"Why are there speed cameras in the Harbour Tunnel, a modern divided road, where there have been no deaths or serious injuries? Yet there is none on the Harbour Bridge where there have been many deaths and serious injuries and where vehicles are driven at each other, a metre apart, frequently well in excess of the legal 70kmh limit.

Why are there still relatively high speed limits and never any fixed speed cameras in suburban shopping strips and CBDs?"

Mr Scruby said: "Today the Victorian Government has announced that 4 new speed cameras will be installed on the West Gate Bridge. We now call on the NSW Minister for Roads, the Hon Carl Scully to emulate the Victorian example and immediately install speed cameras on the Harbour Bridge. It is totally inconsistent that there are speed cameras in the Harbour Tunnel and none on the Harbour Bridge where the risks and death and serious injury rates are exponentially higher."

Contact: Harold Scruby: (0418) 110-011 or (02) 9968-4555
West Gate Bridge gets speed cameras
Cameron Smith 14oct03- Victoria,5478,7550026%255E2862,00.html

Speed Cameras are installed on the West Gate Bridge. Picture: Paul Trezise
THE West Gate Bridge is set to provide the State Government with a $1 million-a-day speed camera bonanza. Four new cameras were installed on the bridge yesterday.

They could rake in as much as $1.14 million a day based on an estimate that 5 per cent of the 150,000 vehicles that use the bridge on average each day exceed the speed limit.

Victoria's average speeding fine is $152.

The cameras are scheduled to start snapping speedsters by the end of the month.

The cameras were installed at the top of the bridge and will trap motorists on the rise and descent in both directions.

The West Gate speed limit is 80km/h, but can be cut to as low as 40km/h depending on weather and traffic conditions.

The speed cameras will be synchronised to catch speedsters when the limit is reduced.

A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said signs would warn motorists when the cameras were operating.

"If people adhere to the road safety message and stick to the limit, they won't be fined,"she said.

But Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder slammed the cameras as another revenue raiser for the Bracks Government.

"It will be a whopping Christmas present when drivers cop a fine in the mail when the Government secretly turns on the speed cameras," Mr Mulder said.

"Perhaps Peter Batchelor should put a Christmas card in with the speeding fine, thanking the driver for their contribution."

RACV chief engineer Michael Case said motorists should be given proper warning of the West Gate Bridge speed cameras.

"It is important signs exist and that they are highly visible,"he said.

Mr Case said the RACV was concerned by the number of crashes caused by speed on the West Gate Bridge.

"The best place for speed cameras is where there are recognised speed-related issues and the West Gate Bridge is one of those," he said.

Mr Case warned motorists to take notice of the variable speed limits on the bridge.

"In any circumstance, the onus is on the motorist to drive within the speed limit," he said.

Mr Mulder said the Government was doing all it could to fill black holes in the state Budget.

"The black spot program has been ditched and money for road maintenance was cut by $15 million for regional roads last budget, and $55 million cut from capital works for regional roads," he said.

Mr Mulder promised speed cameras would be a major issue at the next election.

A survey to be released today by car insurer AAMI reveals more than half of Australia's motorists are sceptical about speed cameras.

The study shows 60 per cent of motorists believe speed cameras are installed to raise revenue and do not deter speeding.

The study also found nine in 10 drivers exceeded the speed limit some of the time.