NSW ramps up heavy vehicle average speed camera program

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Road Safety Plan includes 11 new metropolitan locations identified for rollout

NSW ramps up heavy vehicle average speed camera program
NorthConnex is on the NSW Road Safety Plan list


The NSW Road Safety Plan 2021’s pledge to "expand the heavy vehicle average speed camera program to metropolitan areas to address risks associated with greater truck movements" is gaining further impetus.

While that plan did not outline where the cameras would be placed, mainstream media reports 11 new locations as including:

  • Cross City Tunnel - between Sydney and Darlinghurst
  • Eastern Distributor - between Zetland and Sydney
  • Lane Cove Tunnel - between Artarmon and Lane Cove North
  • M2 Motorway - between Lane Cove North and Baulkham Hills
  • M5 Motorway - between Kingsgrove and Casula
  • M5 East Tunnel - between Arncliffe and Kingsgrove
  • M7 Motorway - between Baulkham Hills and Prestons
  • NorthConnex Tunnel - between West Pennant Hills and Wahroonga
  • Sydney Harbour Tunnel - between Sydney and North Sydney
  • WestConnex M4 - between Ashfield and Lidcombe
  • WestConnex M4/M5 Link Tunnel - between Ashfield and St Peters

The report notes many of the cameras will begin operating by the end of 2020, with cameras in tunnels to come with a one-month warning period and those not in tunnels two months.

The cameras don’t monitor light vehicles or motorbikes and fines and demerits will be issued for trucks once the warning period is over.

Heavy vehicles always part of the NSW plan

The coverage quotes data from a Transport for NSW annual performance review published in 2019, which identified "fewer heavy vehicle crashes along average speed camera enforcement lengths, with those fatalities falling by 44 per cent".

"Speed cameras are in place to improve road safety, for all road users," Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said at the time.

"That’s why the revenue collected from them goes right back into the Community Road Safety Fund, to help fund other programs to save lives on our roads.

"If you ignore the warnings and choose to exceed the speed limit, you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk, so you will be penalised. Please slow down and help prevent tragedies."

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