By a letter dated 28 October 2016 the Minister for Police, the Honourable Lisa Neville MP, requested me to investigate the integrity, accuracy and efficiency of the road safety camera system on Peninsula Link.
The Minister’s request came after public disquiet about the system. A group of people had noticed that they had received infringement notices for the same speed, 108km/h. Many asserted that they had set their vehicle’s cruise control and so the detected speed reading was in error.
My investigation into the operation of the road safety camera systems on Peninsula Link is now complete.
The investigation covers six sites of instantaneous camera systems and four zones of point to point systems.
I was unable to find any error in any of the aspects of the road safety camera systems along Peninsula Link.
The report concludes in part, that the general driving public are either consciously or unconsciously, slowing at each of the cameras until passing the camera and then speeding up after passing the camera, resulting in readings of higher point-to-point speed than instantaneous speed. I find there to be a pervasive culture in this regard amongst drivers, slowing at cameras and then speeding up after passing the camera.
I also find that there is substantial misunderstanding by Victorian drivers of the way that the point-to-point road safety camera systems on Peninsula link operate.
The report can be found here.
Road Safety Camera Commissioner