NSW speed camera warnings good move

National Road Transport Association

Fixed warning signs for mobile speed cameras will start rolling out across New South Wales this month. This is a reversal of the prior Government decision to remove mobile speed camera warning signs. It follows on from NatRoad and other lobbying where we emphasised that every enforcement camera tackling speed in NSW must have a warning sign to remind all drivers to do the right thing and check their speed.

“Appropriate warnings are an essential part of road traffic enforcement, as is upgrading of road infrastructure, said Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO.

“NatRoad wants further changes to be made to the signage and laws relating to speeding. Inconsistency in speed limits and signage is one of the biggest frustrations for truck drivers.

“Better infrastructure is also an essential part of traffic safety. While applying a lower speed limit for trucks on risky stretches of road such as the notorious Mount Ousley descent near Wollongong, is well-meaning, it’s a second-best solution. Heavy and light vehicles need to be separated wherever possible – which is why NSW Government improvements to the Mount Ousley interchange are welcome and should be a solution that’s rolled out elsewhere. Better infrastructure save lives.

“That is also why NatRoad welcomes the other announcement by the NSW Government about the roll-out of audio tactile line markings, flexible safety barriers, wide centre lines, speed humps and raised pedestrian crossings.

In particular, the NSW Government has said that 17 kilometres of flexible median barrier will be installed on the Kamilaroi Highway from Baan Baa to Turrawan by 2023, and more than 2,000 kilometres of rumble strips are going on to the Newell Highway from Tocumwal to Boggabilla by 2022.

“Providing adequate warnings about speed cameras and improved infrastructure can only benefit road safety,” Mr Clark concluded.

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