Centre for Road Safety

Speed camera enforcement is one of the most effective, evidence-based measures to reduce speeding, save lives and prevent injuries.

On 19 November 2020, the NSW Government announced changes to NSW’s mobile speed camera program, which included increased enforcement hours and other program enhancements.

These changes followed review of how other Australian jurisdictions run their programs and better practice to reduce speed related trauma, as outlined in the Mobile speed camera operations in other Australian jurisdictions: Research Report (PDF, 367Kb).

On 17 December 2021, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole and Minister for Transport and Roads Rob Stokes announced a further change to the program. Motorists will be advised their speed is being checked with signs to appear on the roof top of mobile speed camera vehicles across the state, with rollout starting from February 2022.

We want people to know they need to slow down anywhere, anytime on the NSW road network, to reduce speed-related trauma.

Your questions answered

  1. Why are speed cameras used in NSW?
  2. What is the scale of the program?
  3. How is the program managed?
  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 can produce an ongoing change in driver behaviour by reinforcing the message speeding can and will be enforced anywhere, at any time. Research both in Australia and internationally clearly shows mobile speed cameras save lives.

Mobile speed cameras can be moved around the network at various times and locations. This means drivers are less able to predict when and where enforcement will occur, and so are more likely to change their behaviour across the whole network, rather than just at locations where they know enforcement will exist.

Best practice programs with sufficient hours, a high number of enforcement sites and highly randomised deployment can deliver up to 20-30 per cent reductions in casualty 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?

Changes to the NSW mobile speed camera program announced on 19 November 2020 included an increase from 7,000 enforcement hours per month to 21,000 hours per month. This increase is being rolled out gradually from July 2021.

Current locations where mobile speed cameras may operate in NSW are published on the Centre for Road Safety website. Camera locations will continue to be added to and updated over time, to support spread of enforcement across the network as well as reduce speeding in areas where crashes have occurred.

All mobile speed camera locations are selected based on road safety criteria that was determined by Transport for NSW in consultation with the NSW Police Force and the NRMA.

3. How is the program managed?

The mobile speed camera program is managed by Transport for NSW in close partnership with the NSW Police Force so that the cameras support on-road police activities.

The operation and maintenance of speed cameras and vehicles is outsourced to private contractors. 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.

The certification of speed measuring devices is managed by Transport for NSW to ensure the accuracy and reliability of mobile speed cameras.

Revenue NSW 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?

The NSW Government is committed to raising awareness that speed cameras are used on NSW roads to slow down speeding drivers and save lives.

A retractable, double-sided sign, which advises ‘Your speed has been checked’ will be installed on the rooftop of all mobile speed camera vehicles, with rollout starting from February 2022.

The NSW Government is also rolling out around 1,000 static signs on roads across NSW. These are a permanent roadside reminder to every driver to slow down.

Variable message signs are also used across the NSW road network to alert drivers that speed cameras operate in NSW.

These signs work alongside advertising campaigns, including social media to help change speeding behaviour and improve road safety.

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 priority road safety programs.

The majority of investment in infrastructure safety upgrades is spent on roads in country NSW, which is where two-thirds of road deaths in NSW occur.

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 Revenue NSW for processing.

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