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New speed cameras to target trucks in NSW, Australia

The New South Wales Government in Australia is introducing average speed cameras in a bid to catch those truck drivers it calls “cowboys”. The cameras will be introduced on 20 stretches of road across the state. The NSW Roads Minister, Michael Daley, says trucks account for less than 3% of registered vehicles, but they are involved in about 20% of fatal crashes.

Right: Michael Daley, NSW Roads Minister, is targeting the “cowboys” who account for less than 3% of registered vehicles, yet are involved in about 20% of all fatal crashes

“The system will time how long it takes a truck to travel between the two cameras and if a driver is too quick, they will be fined,” Daley says. “The majority of truck and bus drivers do the right thing, but there are a small number of cowboys who continue to terrorize other road users.”

But the New South Wales secretary of the Transport Workers Union, Wayne Forno, says, “While any safety initiative must be respected, it is unfair to only target truck drivers. If you’re on the Hume highway doing 105km/h you can be booked for speeding by 5 km/h. But if you’re going past at 160km/h, in some souped up car, you’re not fined, you’re not caught, nothing is done. I merely ask the question: what’s more dangerous, a truck driving 5 km/h over or a car driving at 160 km/h?”

The state Government says there are no plans to introduce average speed cameras for cars or motorbikes.
 

May 5, 2009

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