Centre for Road Safety

Pilot of mobile phone detection cameras set to start early January 2019

As part of the Road Safety Plan 2021, the NSW Government outlined plans to investigate camera based technology to enforce mobile phone use offences.

From July 2018, legislation has been in place to enable the use of evidence from camera-based technology to enforce mobile phone offences. This has placed NSW in a position to test and be an early adopter of emerging road safety technology.

Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has worked with potential technology providers to test camera technology on the Sydney road network.

Australian company, Acusensus, has been selected to pilot its high-tech cameras in two locations on the M4 and Anzac Parade after a successful testing phase and competitive tender process involving 23 potential providers.

World-first technology capable of catching drivers illegally using mobile phones will be installed on two of Sydney’s busiest roads for a three-month pilot. The pilot will run from early January to April 2019.

The new system uses high-definition cameras and artificial intelligence to detect offending drivers. It can operate both day and night and in all weather conditions.

Controls are in place to ensure images captured by the system are securely stored and managed by authorised personnel only, in a similar way to other camera programs.

No fines will be issued during the pilot. This is an opportunity for drivers to re-think and to change their behaviour by putting their phone out of reach every time they drive.

Before fines are issued, there will be a one-month period where the registered operator of the vehicle will be issued a warning letter for each offence detected.