31 July 2018

Canberra drivers to see images of speed and red light offences for free online

| Lachlan Roberts
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A sample online camera image of a red light camera infringement. Photo: Supplied by Access Canberra

A sample online camera image of a red light camera infringement. Photo: Supplied by Access Canberra.

If you have been hit with a speeding fine or red light infringement, you can now access the camera images from your offence online for free.

Previously, drivers requesting a camera image after they received a speeding or red light traffic infringement were forced to send an application to the Traffic Camera Office, with the image sent by post or email.

Access Canberra’s Director of Customer Coordination Josh Rynehart said the new initiative was another example of Access Canberra making it easier for the community to work with the government.

“Drivers don’t often have a good recollection of the offence for which they have been issued an infringement and this new initiative will assist drivers when paying fines or disputing infringements,” Mr Rynehart said.

“Having easy online access to images at their fingertips will help drivers review their journey and decide what action to take.

“Drivers will only need to contact Access Canberra if the issue is complex. For example, if they were not the driver they will need to complete a declaration form.”

Last year, 15 per cent of infringements were disputed or requested to be withdrawn and Mr Rynehart expects appeals will decrease once drivers have the opportunity to view images online.

Mr Rynehart believes the new system will also provide clearer images and automatic checks for a stolen vehicle and interstate number plates.

Under the new system, drivers just need to type in their unique image identification number and vehicle registration number from their infringement notice on the website.

Online camera images will be available for viewing for 12 months from the offence date, with no cost to view the images.

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But it’s already free to see. Just stand on any Canberra street corner for more than 5 minutes.
And it’s live action too, none of this grainy image / no audio rubbish.

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