ABC News Online - Wednesday 24 April 2002

Pedestrian council critical of obscured car plates

The Pedestrian Council of Australia is outraged New South Wales drivers can avoid thousands of dollars in speed camera fines by simply covering over part of their number plates.

The issue is part of a submission to the state auditor general, which calls for an investigation into the cost-efficiency of fixed speed cameras.

Council chairman Harold Scruby says the fine for obstructing or defacing number plates is just $69.00.

"Which, in effect, allows motorists to drive through every speed camera and red light camera in the state where penalties can be as high as $1,600 or $1,7000 and the loss of licence," Mr Scruby said.

"The only penalty they'll receive is $69.00."
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