The NSW state opposition has labelled the move to remove warning signs from mobile speed cameras, as announced yesterday by NSW Transport minister Andrew Constance, is "all about revenue, not road safety".
Shadow Minister for Roads, John Graham, acknowledged “speed cameras are important in ensuring motorists adhere to road rules”.
However, Mr Graham told CarAdvice the timing of the government’s announcement made it clear road safety wasn’t the only motivation for the change.
“The fact that this measure was announced in budget week tells you it is about revenue, not road safety,” said Mr Graham. “Fines will leap a third higher as a result of this measure.
“However, this Government can’t continue to use motorists to prop up the Budget.”
Mr Graham also took aim at the lack of consultation before announcing the new imitative that will see the removal of warning signs from the state’s 45 mobile speed cameras.
“It’s clear that not even the National Party was consulted about this measure,” he said.
Currently, warning signs are placed 250 metres before an approaching speed detection device and 50 metres after.
But as revealed yesterday, the warning signs will be phased out over the next 12 months. Additionally, the hours of operation for the state’s fleet of mobile speed detection devices will triple, from the current 7000 hours per month, to 21,000 hours.