OLYMPIC BACKFLIP MISSING TWIST WITH PIKE
The partial backflip today by the New South Wales Government to reintroduce 1000 permanent signs to warn drivers about mobile speed cameras is an admission that warning signs work to change driver behaviour and make our roads safer.
While we welcome the use of these general, fixed warning signs, NSW Labor is now calling on the NSW Government to complete the flip and put an end to the secret cameras and blatant cash grab by returning the use of portable mobile camera warning signs ahead of speed camera vehicles on NSW roads.
The NSW Government made the decision to remove warning signs from November 2020. Since January 2021, the NSW Government has collected $20.2 million in revenue for speeding fines less than 10km/h.
And new data release by Revenue NSW shows May 2021 was the highest month on record with motorists slugged $4 million worth of fines for low range speeding offences of less than 10km per hour.
“We all want to see drivers slow down and our roads safer. But the data is showing clearly that warning signs work to change driver behaviour and the fact the Government is now putting signs back up is proof of this,” NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns said.
“It’s time for the NSW Government to go the full hog and put warning signs ahead of mobile speed cameras back on our roads.”
Shadow Minister for Roads, John Graham said this decision shows the NSW Government got it wrong when they removed warning signs.
“The Government is promising to put up 1000 new signs, but they have already put revenue up more than 1000%,” Mr Graham said.
“The NRMA also agrees, saying removing warning signs ‘was the wrong policy’ and argues ‘warning signs are important to help address people’s behaviour behind the wheel’,” Mr Graham said.
Shadow Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison said “People in the regions have told us they want action on speeding. Secret signs aren’t working, we need more signage to make people slow down.”
CHRIS MINNS MP
NSW LABOR LEADER
JOHN GRAHAM MLC
SHADOW MINISTER FOR ROADS
JENNY AITCHISON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL TRASNPORT AND ROADS