Revenue from speed cameras in New South Wales has reportedly risen 45 percent over two financial years, and currently returns $6.44 to the state government every second.
A News Corp report said revenue from speed cameras in NSW during the 2011/12 financial year totalled $107 million, rising to $147 million in 2012/13 and now $155 million in 2013/14.
Broken down, that’s $17.3 million per month (up from $7.5 million in 2011) or $558,000 every day.
Despite promising to ‘switch off’ 38 cameras that were found to be ‘revenue raising’ with little to no impact on road trauma, the state government now finds itself with more road camera revenue than ever.
Many of those ‘ineffective’ cameras are still in place, with reports suggesting motorists caught exceeding the limit in those areas will be issued with a cautionary letter, rather than a fine.
But whatever revenue has been lost from these 38 cameras has been succeeded by the government’s vastly-expanded mobile speed camera program, which has risen from a fleet of six cameras in 2013 to 45.
The $155 million in revenue could well have been higher, if not for a delay in the rollout of the new mobile cameras caused by a reported scandal involving Redflex Traffic Systems - who was initially awarded the contract.
The number of combined speed and red light cameras governing intersections also continues to grow, with 20 new cameras soon to join the 126 already in operation, and the total number to potentially reach 200 by 2016.
The state government has also released statistics on the number of vandalised cameras, with 30 of the devices damaged since 2011.
“Under no circumstances do I condone these attacks, but it is clear motorists are taking their revenge on the ramping up of speed cameras in NSW for revenue purposes,” Opposition roads spokesman Walt Secord said, speaking with News Corp.
“The government has broken its promise. In opposition, they promised to remove them, in government, they are rolling them out.”
Roads Minister Duncan Gay responded, saying “this is a bit a rich [coming] from Labor, which planned a mobile speed camera program 40 percent bigger than the one in NSW today, and the same number of red light speed cameras.”
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