A road-users interest group is planning a High Court challenge to the validity of speed cameras and radars in every Australian state and territory.
A successul outcome could render invalid millions of dollars in speeding fines collected over decades in Australia.
The “Association Against Speed Measuring Devices” (ASMD) is aiming to raise $300,000 in order to pursue its case, and is calling on the public to donate to the cause.
ASMD claims to have several grounds upon which to base its case, including radar accuracy, calibration and checking of equipment and the law itself.
The group claims that the National Measurement Act (1960) requires speed measuring devices to hold a “pattern approval” for use as “trade or legal” devices and that such devices currently being used by law enforcement do not meet this requirement.
ASMD points out that breath-analysis devices used to detect drink drivers do comply with “pattern approval” requirements, but speed detection devices don’t.
In addition, speed measuring devices must conform to international standards as per the International Treaty on Measurement, to which Australia is a signatory.
ASMD claims that relatively “affordable” speeding fines, the prohibative legal costs and the vague nature of state legislation is the reason no-one has attempted to launch a legal challenge on such a scale before.
To learn more about ASMD, or to donate to the cause, check out the website: www.asmd.org.au (website opens in new window).
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