The Victorian Government has removed its public list of speed camera locations less than a year after it was made available, backflipping on a key election promise.
While the Coalition Government had been critical of the state's "revenue raiser" speed camera network, it has since accepted a finding by the auditor-general that the cameras are instrumental in saving lives.
In the review, the auditor-general wrote: "To increase the effectiveness of the mobile camera program: The Department of Justice should review the impact of publishing the list of weekly rostered camera sites for mobile cameras on road safety".
"Based on findings of the review, and taking into consideration the Auditor-General's recommendation, the Coalition Government has decided not to continue providing a weekly list of rostered mobile road safety camera locations," Police Minister Peter Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said that, in the time since the list of camera locations had been made available to the public, there had been "no significant difference" in the proportion of speeding vehicles state-wide.
He added that a review had found no link between the publication of the list, and road fatalities.
"The Coalition Government will continue to provide a wealth of information about Victoria's speed and red-light cameras including maintaining a complete list of more than 2,000 mobile camera sites around Victoria on our website."
"The weekly publication of mobile camera locations has been part of sweeping reforms under the Coalition Government to provide greater transparency, integrity and public accountability around Victoria's road safety cameras."
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