The Safe-T-Cam program is an initiative to reduce the risk associated with heavy vehicle driver fatigue in an effort to prevent heavy vehicle accidents.
About the Safe-T-Cam system
The Safe-T-Cam system is an automated monitoring system that uses digital camera technology to read heavy vehicles’ number plates to enable Roads and Maritime Services to monitor heavy vehicle movements.
The network monitors heavy vehicle travel times, registration status and detects vehicles that fail to enter heavy vehicle safety stations for compliance checks.
Safe-T-Cam detects and provides data on heavy vehicle incidents relating to:
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to enter Heavy Vehicle Safety Stations.
Safe-T-Cam aim to:
- Improve road safety by reducing the incidence of heavy vehicle crashes and changing driver and operator behaviour in relation to travel time (driver fatigue)
- Promote compliance with enforcement systems by detecting incidents of heavy vehicle avoidance behaviours
- Identify unregistered heavy vehicles operating on NSW roads and enforce vehicle registration regulations
- Improve the efficiency of Roads and Maritime’s enforcement strategies by establishing improved intelligence of vehicle movements
- Improve traffic management by generating accurate information on heavy vehicle movements throughout NSW.
Under the Road Transport (General) Regulations 2005, a person must not drive a regulated heavy vehicle on a road or road related area while he or she is impaired by fatigue.
Parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a driver does not:
- Drive on a road or road related area while impaired by fatigue
- Drive while in breach of his or her work and rest hours option, or
- Drive in breach of another law in order to avoid driving while impaired by fatigue or while in breach of his or her work and rest hours options.
It is a requirement that drivers provide copies of their work diary records to their employer or record keeper within 21 days. The maximum penalty for a driver for failing to comply is in excess of $1,650.
The employer or record keeper must ensure that the driver complies with this work diary requirement. The maximum penalty for a corporation failing to comply is in excess of $8,250.
Roads and Maritime may issue a Notice to Produce letter to an operator requesting driver details, work diary records and vehicle movement records. The maximum penalty for failing to comply with this Notice to Produce is in excess of $2,000.
What is ‘Avoidance’?
Safe-T-Cam Avoidance is where a heavy vehicle attempts to avoid detection by Safe-T-Cam cameras. This is a breach of road transport law. A number of drivers have been detected actively trying to avoid enforcement cameras, via tailgating, covering or obscuring number plates, or driving on the wrong side of the road.
The number of enforcement actions being issued for these types of offences is increasing as Roads and Maritime has developed a range of ways to detect and identify the offending vehicles and their drivers.
Evidence gathered as part of these investigations is also used in Chain of Responsibility matters, for example the reason the driver was seeking to avoid the camera.
Roads and Maritime uses its regulatory powers to ensure the practices of responsible parties in the chain lead to improved compliance, asset protection, and safer roads for the people of NSW.
Safe-T-Cam Avoidance jeopardises the efforts made by Roads and Maritime to make NSW roads safer for all road users.
If drivers engage in these avoidance tactics to cover up offences of speeding, compliance and fatigue management, other parties in the Chain of Responsbility may be liable.
NSW Safe-T-Cam locations
The Safe-T-Cam network consists of 24 Safe-T-Cam sites located on major routes throughout NSW, clearly marked with road-side signage. Safe-T-Cams are located at:
- Broken Hill
- Clothiers Creek
- Jones Island
- Mount Boyce
- Mt White
- Tweed Heads
- Twelve Mile Creek
You can also view the Safe-T-Cam locations on a map.