Warning signs ahead of mobile speed cameras are set to be abolished in NSW, as operational hours of 45 cars is set to triple.
Motorists in NSW will no longer be warned of the presence of mobile speed cameras.
Reflective roadside signs alerting traffic to the speed detection devices are set to be removed over the next 12 months.
Currently, warning signs are located 250 metres ahead of and 50 metres after each mobile speed camera car, giving motorists an opportunity to check their speed.
Additionally, the 45 mobile speed cameras currently in use in NSW will have their hours tripled under the new laws, from 7000 hours per month to 21,000 hours.
Supporters of the removal of mobile speed camera warning signs say only speeding drivers need to worry.
Detractors say the removal of mobile speed camera warning signs is a revenue raising measure, and argue the signs should stay in place if the aim is to get drivers to slow down, because they make the sites more noticeable in so-called black spots.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said: “This is about changing culture and changing behaviour.
“We’ve seen it happen with our world-leading mobile phone detection program, where the rate of people offending has steadily declined.
“No warnings signs mean you can be caught anywhere, anytime and we want that same culture around mobile speed cameras.”
While the move to scrap warning signs appears to have the support of the NSW National Party (Mr Constance was joined at the announcement by Paul Toole, Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals), at least one MP was critical of the decision.
Wes Fang, a NSW Nationals state member of parliament, issued a statement criticising the decision that he believed unfairly targets rural motorists.
“Today’s decision by Andrew Constance to remove the speed camera warning signs for the mobile cameras is an absolute disgrace and unfairly targets regional and rural motorists,” said Mr Fang.
“This policy decision puts the burden squarely on rural and regional motorists, who will be disproportionately targeted, given the longer distances and higher speed limits in the bush,” said Mr Fang. “Speed cameras have a place, but so do fair warning and equity between city and rural/regional people. This decision does not support that.”
The decision to remove warning signs from speed cameras only applies to mobile units.
The signs alerting motorists to the location of fixed speed cameras will remain in place.
NSW is the only jurisdiction in Australia to alert drivers to the presence of speed cameras.
NSW to lose mobile speed camera warning signs