FAST LANE: Revenue collected from fixed speed camera fines in the Coffs Coast jumped 24% during 2014-15.
FAST LANE: Revenue collected from fixed speed camera fines in the Coffs Coast jumped 24% during 2014-15.

Motorists ‘cash cows’ as speed cameras snap

LABOR is accusing the State Government of using motorists as "cash cows" as new data shows a record $553.7 million in fines were handed out in the government's first term.

On the Coffs Coast, the revenue from 18 speed and red light cameras in the region jumped by 24% during the last financial year.

Office of State Revenue figures show the cameras brought in $1.27 million from April 2014 to March this year, up from $1.02 million in 2013-14.

The biggest earner was the fixed speed camera on the Pacific Hwy at Korora, with $847,884 in infringements.

Opposition roads spokeswoman Jodi McKay said 2.3 million fines had been issued statewide since the Liberal government was elected in 2011.

Revenue grew from $101.9 million in the Liberals' first year to $178.4 million in their fourth.

Ms McKay said the increase was due largely to the rollout of 200 new cameras and expanded mobile speed cameras which now operate up to 7000 hours a month.

But Road and Freight Minister Duncan Gay rebutted claims and said Ms McKay was "clearly in denial".

"The NSW government is putting in no more cameras than Labor announced in 2010," Mr Gay said.

On the back of the record figures, the National Roads and Motorists' Association has released a report calling for a fairer system to be introduced. The report recommends more distance between cameras, warning signs and mandatory speed limit notifications to accompany the signs.

It also calls for speed camera vehicles to be easily distinguished with high-visibility markings.

The government is yet to respond.

CAUGHT OUT
How much you paid in fines
Pacific Hwy Korora (Northbound) - $847,884
Pacific Hwy Valla Beach - $346,975
Pacific Hwy Nambucca Heads - $32,229
Hogbin Dr (North and South) - $10,453
Pacific Hwy Urunga (North and South) - $10,440
(Based on OSR figures from April 2014 - March 2015)



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