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Mobile speed cameras rake in millions for the state government

Rosemarie Lentini
The Daily Telegraph
April 26, 2012 12:00AM
RAMPED-UP mobile speed cameras have swelled state government coffers by close to $1 million in just seven months – double the revenue earned the year before. Office of State Revenue data shows six mobile speed vehicles issued 8560 notices worth $803,295 from September 2011 to March 2012 – even though they operated only 950 hours per month.Yet only 4278 fines amounting to just $391,355 were dispensed between September 2010 and March 2011.

The extra revenue came after the state government said it would lose $10 million a year after cutting 38 fixed speed cameras last year.

Transport for NSW said the 100 per cent surge in notices and 105 per cent leap in their value was due to more enforcement sites in a wider variety of areas.

“Both the number of sites available for mobile speed cameras to use and the number of sites used each month has increased over time as ongoing assessments to identify suitable enforcement sites in the allocated locations are completed,” a spokeswoman said.

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