It appears as though a few disgruntled motorists are serving their own kind of vigilanty justice in North Sydney by torching yet another speed camera earlier today.
The city-bound fixed speed camera halfway up Spit Hill was deliberately set alight at around 2am this morning, wiping out one of the city’s most notorious revenue-raising cameras.
Police attended the scene, taking photos and collecting evidence although with NSW officers still adopting a ‘fine-free’ stance in response to union action, it is unlikely that finding the culprits will be a high priority.
The controversial Spit Rd camera was ranked among the top 10 highest revenue raisers for the state in 2006-07, earning more than $1 million that year.
Since the start of June, two speed cameras outside Narrabeen North Public School and Narrabeen Sports High were set alight, along with the north-bound camera on Pittwater Rd outside Narrabeen Lakes Public School in July.
The most recent attack prior to today’s Spit Hill blaze was on a fixed camera on Warringah Rd at Forestville which was set on fire a fortnight ago.
It has been estimated the damage bill for each of the four previous attacks would run between $15,000-$35,000 per camera.