NSW motorists cop record breaking fines

LABOR has accused the NSW Government of using motorists as revenue raisers, revealing a record-breaking $553.7 million in fines in the government's first term.

New data showed almost 2.3 million fines were issued in the past four years, with revenue growing from $101.9 million in the Liberals' first year to $178.4 million in their fourth.

The 75% increase over one term of government was due largely to the rollout of 200 new cameras and expanded mobile speed cameras which now operate up to 7000 hours a month.

The National Roads and Motorists' Association said mobile speed camera revenue increased fourfold from 2013 to 2014.

It has released a report calling for a fairer system to be introduced, with more distance between cameras and warning signs and mandatory speed limit notification to accompany the signs.

The report also said speed camera vehicles should be easily distinguished with high-visibility markings.

"Changes made to make fixed cameras fairer for drivers counter the common argument that enforcement is motivated by revenue rather than road safety," the NRMA said.

The government is yet to respond to the recommendations.

- APN NEWSDESK


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