Mobile speed cameras
Mobile speed cameras work like fixed speed cameras, however, they are moved from location to location in a vehicle.
Mobile speed cameras are effective because the unpredictability of the camera enforcement creates a general deterrence against speeding, leading to a crash reduction across the whole network – not just at camera locations.
Frequently asked questions
The NSW Government recognises that mobile speed cameras effectively reduce speeding and lead to a reduction in crashes. Mobile speed cameras are a key element of the NSW Speed Camera Strategy and support existing police enforcement and other types of camera enforcement in NSW.
Mobile speed cameras operate state-wide and enforcement can be conducted at any time and on all types of roads.
As a key element of the NSW Speed Camera Strategy, mobile speed cameras are deployed across NSW at increased levels to reduce speeding across the road network. A list of NSW speed camera locations can be found on the Centre for Road Safety website.
The mobile speed camera program is managed by Roads and Maritime Services in close partnership with the NSW Police Force, with the operation and maintenance of speed cameras and vehicles outsourced to third-party private contractors.
The mobile speed cameras are operated by an officer authorised by RMS who are responsible for driving the mobile speed camera vehicle to the scheduled enforcement location, setting up the camera in accordance with operating procedures and ensuring that the camera is secured and operating correctly while it is monitoring speeding. This frees up police for hands-on enforcement.
As with a fixed speed camera, the enforcement of speeding is an automated process conducted by the camera. A vehicle’s speed is detected using an approved speed measurement device such as a radar. If a vehicle is detected speeding, a digital image of the vehicle is recorded from which all details regarding the speeding vehicle can be extracted. This image is then used to generate an infringement.
Roads and Maritime, in consultation with the NSW Police Force and the NSW Centre for Road Safety, manages the deployment of mobile speed cameras to ensure the program delivers maximum road safety benefits and supports police enforcement activities. Locations for mobile speed enforcement are based on road safety criteria determined by the NSW Centre for Road Safety in consultation with the NSW Police Force and NRMA Motoring & Services.
The certification of speed measuring devices is managed by Roads and Maritime to ensure the accuracy and reliability of mobile speed cameras. The State Debt Recovery Office is responsible for processing and issuing infringements to ensure that a third party will not be able to obtain or use the personal details of motorists.
An initiative of the NSW Speed Camera Strategy is to enhance warning signs for mobile speed camera vehicles to ensure motorists see and recognise the enforcement activity. Mobile speed camera signage is overt; mobile speed camera vehicles are marked, and operators place portable warning signs approximately 50 metres before and after the vehicle. In addition, a further warning is provided up to 250 metres before the vehicle. The use of overt enforcement ensures all motorists see and recognise the enforcement activity and is an obvious reminder that enforcement represents a threat to those breaking the law.
All revenue from speed and red-light speed cameras go to the community road safety fund. This includes mobile speed cameras.
Mobile speed cameras, like fixed speed cameras, are subject to rigorous regular testing, certification and calibration in accordance with legislated requirements. This testing is conducted at each deployment to ensure that the accuracy of cameras is maintained.
Mobile speed cameras record similar information to that recorded by fixed speed cameras. Images from mobile speed cameras clearly show the make and number plate of the vehicle and record the following information:
- Date of the offence
- Time of the offence
- Location details of the camera that took the picture
- Direction of travel of the offending vehicle
- Speed of the offending vehicle
- Speed limit applying to the road where the camera is situated
- Other security and integrity parameters.
If you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, you should provide the name and details of the driver by completing the statutory declaration form provided with the penalty notice and forward it to the State Debt Recovery Office for processing.