Victoria Shadow Minister for Roads Terry Mulder
Mobile Speed Camera Fines Increase 8.7% In March Quarter 2010
Victor P Taffa
Freedom of Information documents released by the Department of Justice to the Victorian Coalition show that statewide mobile speed camera fines rose by 8.7 % from 138,191 in the March quarter 2009 to 150,225 in the March quarter 2010, while ‘on the spot’ speeding fines issued by Police Officers dropped more than 8% and fixed digital speed camera fines dropped 3%, Shadow Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder said today.
Mr. Mulder said that Premier John Brumby and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Bob Cameron would have the whip out in the last couple of weeks of this financial year, placing maximum pressure on Mobile Speed Camera Operators to come up with extra revenue.
“The revised forecast for Speed Camera Fines for 2009/10 in May’s State Budget said that fines would rise by 14.6 % from $381.4 Million to $437.2 Million, with a further increase of 9.1 % to $476.8 Million in 2010/11.”
“The predicted 14.6 % increase in revenue will not have occurred in the March 2010 quarter, with the overall number of speed camera fines (mobile, fixed digital and ‘on the spot’) increasing by 2.3 % compared with the same quarter in 2009.
“John Brumby must explain whether there are ongoing problems with the accuracy of fixed digital speed cameras that are contributing to fewer fixed digital fines being issued.”
Mr. Mulder said that in the March quarter 2010 compared with the same quarter in 2009, mobile speed camera fines rose in:
- Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Wyndham and Queenscliffe by 59.3 % from 9,363 to 14,917
- Glen Eira and Port Phillip by 52.4 % from 5,163 to 7,870
- Greater Shepparton, Campaspe and Moira by 41.3 % from 3,465 to 4,895
- Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula by 38.6 % from 10,727 to 14,865
- Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mt Alexander by 35.5 % from 1,785 to 2,418
- Mildura, Swan Hill, Buloke and Gannawarra by 33.5 % from 2,312 to 3,086
- Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Warrnambool by 23.7 % from 2,990 to 3,699
- Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges by 22.9 % from 9,393 to 11,545
- Wodonga, Wangaratta, Indigo and Towong by 19.4 % from 2,466 to 2,944
- Boroondara, Monash and Whitehorse by 12.2 % from 14,126 to 15,852
- Horsham, Ararat, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack by 10.7 % from 1,821 to 2,106
- Cardinia, Casey and Greater Dandenong by 10.6 % from 10,558 to 11,680
Mr. Mulder said that despite the large rise in Mobile Speed Camera Fines in many Victorian Country Areas, the Country Road toll to Midnight 17 June had increased by 17 compared with 2009, from 71 to 88.
“John Brumby has the blinkers on and the whip out as he frantically rides the mobile speed camera revenue-raisers so that Labor’s cash grab from motorists can meet his forecast.” Mr. Mulder said.