NSW Government ensures you don’t speed for free
THE Ewingsdale speed camera was the third highest revenue raiser in NSW last year raking in almost $1.5 million worth of fines for the O'Farrell government.
Revenue from speed cameras and red light cameras across NSW in 2013 was a record $79.1 million, up 32% on 2012, prompting calls from the NSW opposition the government was just revenue raising.
Shadow NSW Roads Minister Walt Secord MLC said the O'Farrell government tried to hide the $1,470,718 in fines
issued by the Ewingsdale speed camera by splitting the northbound and southbound fines.
"On the breakdown sheet, the Roads and Maritime Services list Ewingsdale camera is 17th ($694,490) and 18th camera ($776,228) as they split the camera in both directions," he said.
"This reduces the figure, but if you combine the total of the two it is $1,470,718 for the entire year; that is extraordinary."
Mr Secord said the opposition predicted the revenue collected would continue to rise after 45 new mobile speed camera units operating at 2500 locations throughout NSW were introduced last December.
"While I recognise the need for red light and speed cameras in fixed locations for safety reasons, especially in school zones, I do not support them for blatant revenue rising."
"Unfortunately, the evidence is mounting: the O'Farrell Government is using mobile speed cameras to collect revenue - and safety seems to be an after-thought.
"In Opposition, Barry O'Farrell promised to reduce the number of speed cameras, but in Government, they are seen as cash cows."
The northbound speed camera on the Eastern Distributor at Darlinghurst was the states top earner collecting $2.275 million in fines last year.
Locally, the Woodburn speed camera issued 2840 fines totalling $663,000, the Wardell speed camera issued $616,353 in fines and fines from the Bruxner Highway speed camera at Marom Creek totalled $149,043.
Local speed camera revenue:
Bruxner Highway at Marom Ck $149,043