Melbourne speed camera raked in $11million in fines in just three months

Melbourne speed camera raked in $11million in fines in just three months 2
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How a single speed camera raked in $11million in fines in just THREE months – see the spots where you need to watch your speedo like a hawk

  • One camera in Melbourne collected $11 million in fines from 300,000 drivers 
  • The third lane alone pinged 12,000 motorists, collecting a total of $4 million
  • Speed was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h due to roadwork along the stretch
  • Other cameras throughout the city collection millions within three-month period
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A single speed speed camera has raked in almost $11 million from unsuspecting drivers in just three months.

The camera – set up across four lanes on the Western Ring Road in Broadmeadows, north of the Melbourne CBD – was responsible for 30,000 fines between October and December 2021.

About 12,000 motorists were pinged in the third lane alone – collecting $4 million over the three months.

During that same time, speed limits were reduced from 100km/h to 80hm/h along the stretch of road due to roadwork between the M80 Western Ring Road.

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New speed cameras are responsible for millions of dollars worth of fines in Melbourne. Pictured: Police pulling drivers over in Victoria

New speed cameras are responsible for millions of dollars worth of fines in Melbourne. Pictured: Police pulling drivers over in Victoria

Transport boss has called for an enquiry into speed cameras and signs in some areas. pcitured: A speed camera sign in Melbourne

Transport boss has called for an enquiry into speed cameras and signs in some areas. pcitured: A speed camera sign in Melbourne

Melbourne’s Highest-Grossing Speed Cameras:

1. Western Ring Road, Broadmeadows:  $10,934,850 across 300,000 fines

2. Rosanna Road and Darebin Street, Heidelberg: $2,879,699 across 9,892 fines

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3. Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive, St Kilda: $ 1,895,061 across 6,681 fines.

4. King Street and La Trobe Street, West Melbourne: $ 1,556,893 across 5,556 fines.

5. North Road and Clayton Road, Oakleigh East: $ 1,058,871 across 3,656 fines.

Data recorded between October and December, 2021

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Victorian Transport Association president Peter Anderson has been swamped with with complaints from drivers who were fined where speeds were reduced due to roadworks, but where there was no visible construction.

‘If we are going to put up temporary cameras we need to understand where they are and what they are doing,’ he told the Herald Sun.

‘And we need to listen to the public if the cameras are treating us unfairly.’ 

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Paul Freestone, owner of freight company Freestone’s Transport, called for an independent review into the cameras and temporary speed limits – claiming ‘lazy’ road workers erect temporary speed limits and don’t take them down.

‘We want someone to have an independent look at how these cameras are being set up – who is setting them up? It is a private enterprise? Are all these cameras set up properly?’ he said.

New figures also show a camera at the intersection of Rosanna Road and Darebin Street in Heidelberg, in Melbourne’s north-east, collected $2,879,699 across 10,000 fines.

At the intersection of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive in St Kilda, 6,681 drivers were issues with speeding fines, forcing Victorians to cough up $1,895,061.

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In the CBD, a camera positioned on the intersection of King Street and La Trobe Street in West Melbourne was responsible for 5,556 fines – worth $1,556,893.

In total, 376,316 Victorians were fined over the past three months – costing them more than $100 million. 

One camera is set up across four lanes on the Western Ring Rd in Broadmeadows (pictured), north of the city's CBD, and was responsible for 30,000 fines

One camera is set up across four lanes on the Western Ring Rd in Broadmeadows (pictured), north of the city’s CBD, and was responsible for 30,000 fines

Data showed the number of drivers pinged by mobile and fixed cameras was up more than 16 per cent compared with the same period last year, and 31 per cent compared with the previous July to September quarter.

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However, Covid restrictions enforced during those periods in 2021 meant there were fewer motorists using the roads.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety said speed limits were enforced to keep drivers and road workers safe, and urged motorists to pay attention to road signs.

He added it was ‘disappointing’ to see so many Victorians disregarding road rules.

Elvira Lazar, from the the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, defended the use of mobile speed cameras and said they were a proven method to deter speeding.

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