Privatisation of speed cameras is pure madness

IF YOU were scared by reports the State Government wants to increase revenue from speed cameras by $28 million in the next year, you're not alone.


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Joe Fitzgerald

And if this is the first you've heard of the plans, I can tell you that it's not even the worst idea the government had about speed cameras last week.


That dubious honour goes to the proposal to privatise speed camera operations, taking responsibility away from the police and into the hands of commercial business.

It's a strategy other states have adopted to reduce operating costs and increase revenue, so why shouldn't Queensland do the same?

Is it because the Queensland Police manage speed cameras as a way to improve road safety, while private businesses are, quite understandably, in it for the money?

Is it the litany of inaccuracies, legal challenges and embarrassing errors by private operators, most notably in Victoria?

Is it all of the above?

It's hard to see this idea as anything but a grab for cash at the expense of driver safety.

In their attempts to raise revenue, the State Government has forgotten that speed cameras are there to make our roads safer, not their budget fatter.

Queensland has the most credible speed camera system because it's operated by the police and organisations such as RACQ are consulted on the placement and use of the cameras.

If the aim is road safety, then the priority should be more police on the road, not more revenue raisers. This is about saving people's lives.