Centre for Road Safety

Your questions answered

  1. Why are speed cameras used in NSW?
  2. What is the scale of the program?
  3. Why is the program outsourced?
  4. Are there signs to warn motorists approaching the cameras?
  5. What happens to the revenue from mobile speed cameras?
  6. How do we know the cameras are accurate?
  7. What do the cameras record?
  8. What if I wasn’t the driver at the time of the offence?

1. Why are mobile speed cameras used in NSW?

Mobile speed cameras work like fixed speed cameras, but are moved in vehicles from location to location. Mobile speed cameras are effective because they are unpredictable. Their operation creates a general deterrence against speeding, leading to a crash reduction across the whole network – not just at camera locations.

The NSW Government recognises that mobile speed cameras effectively reduce speeding and lead to a reduction in crashes. Mobile speed cameras are a main element of the NSW Speed Camera Strategy and support police operations and other types of camera enforcement in NSW.

2. What is the scale of the program?

Mobile speed cameras operate state-wide and enforcement can be conducted at any time and on all types of roads.

Mobile speed cameras are deployed across NSW at increased levels to reduce speeding across the road network. Current locations lets you find the position of all mobile speed cameras in NSW.

3. Why is the program outsourced?

The mobile speed camera program is managed by Roads and Maritime Services in close partnership with the NSW Police Force. The operation and maintenance of speed cameras and vehicles is outsourced to a third-party private contractor.

Technicians help operate mobile speed cameras. They drive the vehicle to the location, set up the camera and make sure it works correctly.

Speed enforcement is an automated process conducted by the camera. A vehicle’s speed is detected using an approved speed measurement device such as a radar. If a vehicle is detected speeding, a digital image of the vehicle is recorded from which all details about the speeding vehicle can be extracted. This image is used to generate an infringement.
Roads and Maritime Services works with with the NSW Police Force and the NSW Centre for Road Safety to manage the deployment of mobile speed cameras. The program delivers maximum road safety benefits and supports police enforcement activities. Mobile speed camera locations are based on road safety criteria determined by the NSW Centre for Road Safety in consultation with the NSW Police Force and The National Roads & Motorists' Association.

The certification of speed measuring devices is managed by Roads and Maritime Services to ensure the accuracy and reliability of mobile speed cameras. The State Debt Recovery Office is responsible for processing and issuing infringements to ensure that a third party will not be able to obtain or use the personal details of motorists.

4. Are there signs to warn motorists approaching the cameras?

Warning signs for mobile speed camera vehicles ensure that motorists see and recognise the enforcement areas. Mobile speed camera vehicles are marked and operators place portable warning signs 50 metres before and after the vehicle. Another warning is provided up to 250 metres before the vehicle. Warning signs ensure that all motorists see and recognise the enforcement activity. The signs also encourage motorists to stay within posted speed limits.

5. What happens to the revenue from mobile speed cameras?

Fine revenue from all mobile camera detected speeding offences is directed to the Community Road Safety Fund to support road safety initiatives.

6. How do we know the cameras are accurate?

Mobile speed cameras have rigorous regular testing, certification and calibration in accordance with legislated requirements. Regular testing ensures that the accuracy of cameras is maintained.

7. What do the cameras record?

Images from mobile speed cameras clearly show the colour, type, make and numberplate of the vehicle and record the following information:

  • Date of the offence
  • Time of the offence
  • Location details of the camera that took the picture
  • Direction of travel of the offending vehicle
  • Speed of the offending vehicle
  • Speed limit applying to the road where the camera is situated
  • Other security and integrity parameters.

8. What if I wasn’t the driver at the time of the offence?

If you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, you should provide the name and details of the driver by completing the statutory declaration form provided with the penalty notice and forward it to the State Debt Recovery Office for processing.

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