NSW camera audit to skip accuracy check

NSW camera audit to skip accuracy check

Summary: New South Wales' auditor-general Peter Achterstraat has today said that the audit into the state's speed cameras will not review the accuracy of the technology.


New South Wales' auditor-general Peter Achterstraat has today said that the audit into the state's speed cameras will not review the accuracy of the technology.

NSW Police cameras

(Sydney 500 speed cameras image by
Jon Ovington, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The auditor-general will review the effectiveness and placement of speed and red light cameras to determine whether they ensure and promote public safety or act as state revenue raisers, but will exclude technical aspects such as camera accuracy in order to complete the review in the proposed three-month time frame.

"[Accuracy] won't be considered in this audit but [the auditor-general] may consider it in the future," executive director for the Audit Office of NSW, Barry Underwood, told ZDNet Australia.

"We're keeping [the review] contained so we can get it done in the time frame, but it's certainly not being ruled out for future audits," he added.

The auditor-general said in a statement today that if motorists have an issue with the accuracy of cameras they can lodge a complaint with the State Debt Recovery Office.

Achterstraat's review contrasts with the Victorian speed camera audit announced in January, which has technical accuracy as its cornerstone.

"Victorians need to have confidence that the state's traffic camera network is accurate and has proper oversight," Peter Ryan, Victorian deputy premier and minister for Police and Emergency Services said in January.

Topics: Government, Government AU

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  • If they are not going to ensure accuarcy, then why bother doing it, the results will not be accurate either!
  • I think to rip all fixed and mobile speed camera's out they are only revenue raisers and do nothing to stop accidents ther are thousands of places to speed and these cameras can't be everywhere so they are a unfair way to get speeding drivers.
    michael andrew brucki
    • Actually I consider them a dangerous driver distraction, particularly in school zones.
      Instead of watching for children & carefully screening parked vehicles' undersides for little feet as in the past I'm now mainly focussed on keeping my speedo under 40 & scanning the shrubbery well ahead for hidden cops with cameras.
      But I guess Peter considers it contributes to road safety as now I'll only run some kid over SLOWLY with my 2-tonne 4WD.
      • Ditto! On my last drive through the Blue Mountains, I observed cars pulling out into traffic dangerously, slowing down unnecessarily and generally being a bunch of really bad and dangerous drivers. I made some enquiries on this to learn that there had just been a "speeing blitz" and it was obvious that people were too busy looking at the speedometer than the road.
  • i had a stare study some times b4 when i took trains. kind of looking at the pictures n think how trigger it, get light flashes, receive big invoices, points notices, later in mail.
    u know what, u shread it, u will see some points. get in u fall in. technically clearly there r very clear big errors at b4, at the time, after, for red lights, at the time for speed. let users tell u.