More than $3.4million worth of fines were issued to New South Wales motorists in January alone after mobile speed camera warning signs were removed.
By comparison, just $382,000 in fines were issued to drivers over the same period last year.
The NSW government in November announced it would be removing warning signs which are stationed 250m and 50m in front of mobile speed cameras.
As a result, Mona Vale Road in St Ives, in Sydney’s Upper North Shore, saw 301 fines being issued in January – up from just eight in the same period in 2021.
It was revealed in November last year that the NSW Government would be removing warning signs which are stationed 250m and 50m in front of mobile speed cameras
Divers who were caught speeding on Anzac Parade in Maroubra were slapped with $24,403 in tickets, up from just $1127 in the same period last year
Fines by area
Mona Vale Road in St Ives
January 2021 – 301 fines totaling $89,765
January 2020 – 8 fines totaling $1487
Anzac Parade in Maroubra
January 2021 – 42 fines totaling $24,403
January 2020 – 8 fines totaling $1127
King Street in Mascot
January 2021 – 72 fines totaling $14,088
January 2020 – 13 fines totaling $2368
Penthurst Road in Chatswood
January 2021 – 390 fines totaling $70,868
January 2020 – 72 fines totaling $12,982
Penshurst Road in Chatswood saw a 441 per cent jump to 390 infringement notices, while there was $16,344 fines issued along Barrenjoey Road in Mona Vale – up from $1044 last January.
Drivers who were caught speeding on Anzac Parade in Maroubra were slapped with $24,403 in tickets, up from just $1127 in the same period last year.
Labor’s Roads spokesman John Graham said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has created a ‘cash grab on a grand scale’.
‘We knew that the state budget predicted that fine revenue would increase by a third this year to $864million. Now we know why. Based on these figures that could be an underestimate,’ he said.
A spokesman for Mr Constance told The Daily Telegraph that he had received advice that removing warning signs could save up to 43 lives a year.
‘The minister couldn’t ignore that advice. This is about saving lives not revenue raising,’ she said.
The signs will continue to be removed over the next 12 months, leaving thousands of motorists at risk of copping fines of up to $2,530.
The decision was made after unmarked mobile phone detection cameras decreased the number of drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel.
But Mr Constance last year argued the decision was about saving lives, not revenue raising.
‘No warnings signs mean you can be caught anywhere, any time and we want that same culture around mobile speed cameras,’ he said.
‘This is about changing culture and changing behaviour.’
The signs will continue to be removed over the next 12 months, leaving thousands of motorists at risk of copping fines of up to $2,530
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News