Mike Stevens | Jul 28, 2011

News of the New South Wales Government axeing 38 of its 141 fixed cameras has brought renewed focus to Victoria's current speed camera audit. A report on the southern state's contentious cameras is expected to be tabled in Parliarment late next month.

Despite announcing plans to appoint a Road Safety Camera Commisioner to overhaul and monitor the system, the Victorian Government's confidence in its fixed camera network remains high.

Monash University's Accident Research Centre (MUAC) is also set to release its own report on Victoria's speed cameras.

Speaking with Fairfax this week, the MUAC's Stuart Newstead said that the results of the study show that the number of crashes in the "immediate vicinity" of fixed camera sites have fallen by an average of 47 percent.

TAC boss Janet Dore acknowledged that the NSW report "will not help" to enhance public faith in the system, but said that the state's road toll has "more than halved" since the first speed cameras were installed in the late 1980s.

She added that an investigation by the Victorian Auditor-General in 2006 found no evidence that the state's fixed camera network is focused on raising revenue.

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