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Victoria testing speed cameras on private property?

Victoria is looking to significantly increase its revenue from speed cameras over the coming months. Is this how?

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Paul Maric
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We’re familiar with roadside, bridge-mounted, and point-to-point speed cameras, but what about cameras on private property?

Revenue from speed cameras in Victoria is set to increase by around 60 per cent according to the state government’s 2020-2021 budget. The increase is forecast thanks to an expansion of the Victorian speed camera program by 75 per cent.

Could speed cameras on private property be part of the forecast revenue increase?

Victoria currently has several speed- and red light camera testing sites where new technologies are tested by third-party companies before being rolled out for public consumption.

These sites are normally labelled, and don’t issue infringements as part of testing and are located at intersections.

We were sent images of a new site that appears to use private property along a roadside to nab speeding motorists.

The site is located in Tullamarine and consists of a Gatso T-Series camera mounted to a pole facing oncoming traffic with an infrared CCTV camera attached to the side of it.

According to Gatso, the T-Series camera “can be mounted to virtually any type of pole to provide reliable enforcement of red-light and speed violations, while simultaneously scanning all passing traffic for flagged vehicle licence plates”.

“Contrary to laser-based systems, the RT4 radar operates from up to six metres height where its view of up to the sixth lane is never blocked by large vehicles on the nearer lanes.”

The box currently appears to be empty, but according to some readers it has been there for some time.

One reader who works in security and is familiar with the location said “it’s a speed camera on Keilor Park Drive. It is not an active one hooked into police but there for testing purposes as the factory associate is the company that installs them on the freeways and alike.”

“It has been there for about 5 years now.”

Do you support concealing speed cameras on private property to increase levels of speed enforcement? If not, what’s the answer to reducing the road toll?


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