The State Government has officially back-flipped on its decision to remove warning signs from mobile speed camera sites.
The Government confirmed this morning that motorists will be warned their speed is being checked with signs to appear on top of all mobile speed camera vehicles across the state from February.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the addition of a large blue and white warning sign would give motorists fair warning that they were passing a speed camera.
“We need to strike the right balance between giving a fair go to the majority who are trying to do the right thing and ensuring those few who continue to deliberately risk lives cop the fine they deserve,” Mr Toole said.
“There is no excuse for speeding – and with these new signs, in addition to the 1000 fixed signs we’re already rolling out, motorists will have every opportunity to change their behaviour and ensure the safety of everyone on the road.”
A retractable, double-sided sign, similar to those currently used in the ACT, will be installed on top of all mobile speed camera vehicles from February 2022.
Minister for Transport and Roads Rob Stokes said the rollout of signage would take several months, with the priority on marking vehicles that are currently unmarked.
“This was always about saving lives, and we will continue to find ways to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads as we aim towards zero fatalities by 2050,” Mr Stokes said.
“The focus on safety as well as awareness will ensure the program is still effective in reduce speeding and the significant trauma it causes.
“We know that it takes all of us to make the right decisions whenever we get behind the wheel, so while we’re giving people that extra warning, we need everyone to slow down and drive to survive.”