Mike Stevens | Apr 11, 2011

The New South Wales Government has begun an audit this week of the state's speed camera network.

The announcement follows news last week that the new government has ordered the Roads & Traffic Authority to reverse a decision to axe the state's margin of error on speeding.

Premier Barry O'Farrell said this week that the NSW Auditor-General will investigate whether the state's cameras are positioned to raise revenue or to best ensure road safety.

"The Liberal-National Party is not interested in revenue raising. The Liberal-National Party are interested in better road safety outcomes," Mr O'Farrell said.

"That's why we've written to the Auditor-General today, asking for this review of speed cameras across the state."

New South Wales currently has 172 fixed cameras, six mobile cameras and 60 speed/red-light safety cameras in operation across the state.

NRMA Motoring and Services President Wendy Machin welcomed the review, describing it as a move "that will go a long way to restoring [motorist] confidence."

"The community needs to feel confident that these cameras are there to save lives and not to raise revenue," Ms Machin said.

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