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Speed Cameras on Sydney Motorways M5 & M7 & Central Coast Freeway F3

By Jazz 20 August 2007 26

I have no idea if there is any truth to the email i received this morning (below) but after our recent discussion on point to point speed camera’s on Canberra roads it worth noting that other states seem to be putting the same kind of speed cameras in too. If its true, a trip to Sydney could mean you lose your licence or cost you a whole heap more than you thought it would if you’re not careful.

The M5 and the M7 are now equipped with Point to Point speed devices.
Once you enter the M7 for instance, you pass the e-tag and it beeps. At the same time a camera takes a photo of your car and records the exact time.

For those who have exited the M7, they would be aware that upon exit the e-tag system beeps again as you leave. At the same time another camera at that point takes a photo of the car and the time. Then the computer calculates the time it has taken you to travel between the two points and calculates your speed. If you have completed the clocked journey too fast, you are given a speeding ticket.

At the present time the speed limit is 100kph and you have a tolerance of 102kph and no more. One fraction over that speed and you are issued with a fine automatically.

Also remember that school zone camera’s are not speed tolerant. Anything over, even 41kph, is a fine. This means people will be doing 38kph to avoid any differences in their speedo readings

Remember, this is going to be a very costly experience for some drivers. It
is also going to mean vehicles will be travelling at 95kph in order to ensure that no ticket is issued.

What a shock some drivers are going to have when they have used this roadway for a week and get a week’s worth of tickets BOTH WAYS. Of course your license will also be recalled for three months and you know the rest

Take the advice and if you ignore it, remember this email when you pay all those fines. Also, remember that now with the new legislation, fighting a speed camera fines is almost impossible. You must prove the device is faulty and if you are not a technician working on them, you have no chance of beating the fine.

Please also take into regard that the Pacific Highway has a set which are recognisable as the large steel frames over the lanes with a speed camera nearby and located some distance up the road is another large metal frame with a speed camera. These new point to point systems are being put onto any and all expressway or highway where vehicles are not able to exit between those points.

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Felix the Cat 9:56 pm 22 Aug 07

Yeh the speed camera thing on the M7 is BS. I have a *friend* that *may* of been travelling along there *allegedly* at 130km/h and never received any fines.

JC 3:32 am 21 Aug 07

NSW was trailing point to point system on the M4 near the old Wonderland site. I think if you got ‘done’ they were just sending out warning letters. Good point raised as to how you can or cannot prove the acuracy of the things, clearly the law can be changed by the government of the day to make it legal.

The camera’s on the M7 are for tolling ONLY no for speed detection.

Saftey Cam is for heavy vehicles only and the law is such that the owner of the truck (not the driver) gets warned first with the max penalty for repeated offences being cancellation of rego or right to drive in NSW if interstate registered.

Oh with the M7 and personalsied plates I have been in the oposite situation to the guy above. Registered but they registered my plates as being NSW and not ACT, so pass through with ACT plates and wham, they system doesn’t recognise you. According to the guys on the M7 phone line it is common, especially when registering through the net because it is a manual entry into the M7 system from the Internet. ie someone has to type it in and are often too lazy to click the ACT rego box.

Growling Ferret 9:15 pm 20 Aug 07


You are talking about the Safe-T-Cams – which are supposedly only recording heavy vehicle movements. However, evidence of a private vehicle travelling up and down the Hume to and from Canberra was used as evidence in a murder trial a couple of years ago…

Vic Bitterman 9:05 pm 20 Aug 07

Who are you replying to Thumper?

Cos on the Hume Hwy, the only permanent fixed cameras near Snake Gully (where the dog lives) are the ones for the trucks….

bd84 8:19 pm 20 Aug 07

The point to point speed cameras have been working on the Hume Freeway for the best part of a year I think.. I believe they were trialled then disabled to be “improved” before being reintroduced.. fyi they’re located on the new Craigieburn bypass that was opened just as you come into Melbourne.. I think there’s about 4 along that stetch and the ones either side further north of Melbourne are still there. I believe they were looking at putting some on the Western Ring Road too.. which the freeway now eventually turns into if you stay on long enough!

to answer the VYBerlina.. probably the same reason the Give Way or Stop sign now means pull out in front of any vehicle coming and force them to slow to avoid running into them!

Hey, while we’re having a whinge about motoring things, can someone tell me why in Canberra a ‘Give Way’ sign seems to mean ‘turn into the verge and drive along next to the traffic at 20km/h, then swerve into a gap when you run out of space’, instead of ‘wait until you get a gap, then proceed’. I had to get out of the way of 3 such morons on the weekend. And older tradesmen seem to be the prime culprits.

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