Australia Sydney news: State government 'cash grab' as NSW speed camera fines up $3m on last January's figures

23:58  24 february  2021
23:58  24 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The State Government claims the changes to mobile speed cameras will make our roads safer and save lives – but critics argue keeping the cameras visible is a more effective way to change driver behaviour. The NRMA' s Peter Khoury says removing warning signs that were previously placed 250 metres NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole announced changes to the mobile speed camera program on public safety grounds on November 19 last year. Revenue immediately surged past million for the first time that same month.

The NSW government is collecting record revenue from drivers with speed camera fines reaching an all time high. Photo: 7 News. In December 2014, drivers copped .8 million worth of speeding fines . A year later, that skyrocketed to .1 million, which is an all-time state record. "It' s simply a cash cow and " Last year . 3 million worth of speeding fines were torn up by the state government for drivers with good records,”….said. "Surprising, because the standard for that is extremely high." However, for that to happen, you will need to have been fine -free for the last 10 years. "As long as it' s a lower range offence, we're

Here's what you need to know this morning.

Speed camera revenue up

State government revenue from speed cameras has leapt to nine times the prior rate, after signage was scrapped that showed a motorist was approaching a mobile speed camera.

Revenue from January was up more than $3.4 million from just $382,000 the previous January, according to Government data.

The number of fines issued in January of this year was 14,688 compared to just 1,956 fines issued in the same month last year.

Aggregate figures from November to January show mobile speed camera revenue is more than $7 million.

Shadow Minister for Roads John Graham has described it as "a cash grab on a grand scale".

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Plans are underway to remove warning signs before speed cameras across New South Wales in a bid to crack down The Government is looking into a plan to remove warning signs across NSW . But the state ' s peak road body, the NRMA, and regular drivers have panned the Motorists have paid more than .1 billion in fines since 2012, while Sydney drivers have been issued 4 million in speed camera fines in the last 12 months alone.

Outrage as 'hidden' mobile speed cameras fines soar as they are rolled out on some of Australia' s safest roads - as top radio host leads motorist fury at blatant revenue raising that will see ordinary Aussies lose their licences without saving ANY lives. Motorists have reacted with fury at the decision to remove warning signs on mobile speed cameras in NSW - as revenue for the cameras quadruples and top radio host accused the Gladys Berejiklian' s government of deploying them on some of Australia' s safest roads.

Deficit not as bad as forecast

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will today reveal that better-than-expected revenue has improved the NSW government's bottom line.

Mr Perrottet will unveil the half-yearly budget review this morning which shows signs of the NSW economy recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the November 2020 budget, the deficit was forecast to be $16 billion — but it is now tipped to reduced by $2 billion as a result of higher government revenue.

NSW saw 270,000 jobs lost at the height of the pandemic but more than 80 per cent of those have now been reinstated.

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Party-goers in New South Wales can take to wedding dance floors across the state from Friday after Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a widespread easing of coronavirus restrictions. Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday said singing and dancing at weddings would be allowed again as the state went 38 days without a single local case of Covid-19. Singing and dancing were banned on December 20 as NSW battled against an outbreak of Covid-19 infections on Sydney ' s Northern Beaches.

Cash cow: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has banned speed cameras and admitted they are a revenue generator for the state . In addition, less than a third of the 1.2million tickets issued were paid, and Arizona collected £45million in fines , far below the projected £80million annual revenue. ‘Other critics were more vocal and said that the use of cameras amounted to the ‘ government spying on its citizens.’ A spokeswoman for Redflex, which ran the 76 fixed point and mobile cameras , said there would be an increase in road deaths after they had been withdrawn.

Ghassan Amoun, 34, was arrested last night at a home in Auburn after he was allegedly found to be in breach of a serious crime prevention order imposed on him and three others last December.

The supreme court order came in response to escalating tensions between the Hamzy and Alameddine families and imposes strict controls over Amoun's activities — including communicating with known associates and rivals.

It's alleged Amoun was found in possession of multiple mobile devices and failed to provide correct vehicle information.

He's due to face Burwood Local Court later today.

Whole-life tracking for greyhounds

The NSW government has introduced whole-of-life electronic tracking of greyhounds to protect dogs after they stop competing.

The new technology will allow the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC) to keep tabs on all greyhounds after concerns were raised about GWIC's lack of power to check on rehomed greyhounds.

Melbourne motorist's fine reveals how much you can go over speed limit

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But with the current LNP State and Federal Governments , I am totally dismayed at the overt graft and/or incompetence being displayed. If anything like what I am currently seeing took place in a company, people would have at least lost their jobs, and in the more serious actions, would have been referred to the police for prosecution. What came of Cam Clarks (or whatever his name is from the Building shows on channel 9) million odd dollars in Government funding that he appeared to pocket?

While figures from Maryland’ s SafeZones speed - camera program show a reduction in speed through work zones, the citation that accompanies violations hasn’t been enough to slow down an incorrigible group of speeders. Topping the list: a Honda that racked up 68 citations between 2010 and 2013. The totals include any warning notices issued in the first three weeks of a new camera deployment. What to make of the serial speeders? “Unfortunately, there are those drivers out there who will drive without regard for workers” or people in other cars, said Lora Rakowski, spokeswoman for Maryland’ s State

Implementing a register that captures the whole-of-life location of greyhounds was one of the key recommendations accepted by the NSW Government when the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel handed down its report into the greyhound racing industry in 2017.

"The NSW government's $3.6 million investment in e-tracking will make a huge difference in protecting the welfare of racing greyhounds across the state and put an end to speculation that animals have disappeared," Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said.

Alert for travellers from New Zealand

Anyone who travelled to NSW from New Zealand since Saturday is being contacted by health officials to check if they visited any venues of concern in Auckland where three COVID-19 cases were recently reported.

NSW Health said travellers were being asked to get tested and isolate until they get a negative result, or isolate for a fortnight if they attended one of the venues of concern in Auckland.

With Auckland now deemed a hotspot, health officials said anyone who comes to NSW from Auckland after midnight today must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Alternatively, they can choose to get on a flight back to New Zealand.

Jannali carpark deadlock to end

Two years of fighting between Transport for NSW and a Sydney council is coming to a head, as the agencies wrestle over a commuter car park which will see nine homes demolished.

The government said Sutherland Shire Council has one week to give up a shopping centre car park but council has plans for a village centre to be developed on the land that Transport for NSW wants.

Last week, impacted Jannali residents were devastated after being told their homes would be acquired to make way for the carpark.

The department has offered to utilise nearby land instead, which already has a car park built upon it, but council has pushed back.

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