11 June 2024

Speed, mobile device detection and red-light cameras to start picking up offending unregistered vehicles

| Claire Fenwicke
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Fixed speed, mobile device detection and red-light cameras will also scan the registration status of offending vehicles from August. Photo: Region Media.

All of Canberra’s road safety camera network will soon be able to detect whether offenders are driving an unregistered vehicle.

Offending motorists picked up by Canberra’s speed, red-light and mobile device detection cameras will also have their vehicles scanned to make sure their registration is up to date.

This is scheduled to start from August.

A Transport Canberra statement outlined that no new offences were being introduced, but rather Access Canberra would start checking registration details when processing other traffic infringements.

“If a vehicle is unregistered it is also uninsured, which means that, in addition to potentially receiving multiple fines, drivers are not protected financially if they cause a motor vehicle accident,” it stated.

“Unregistered vehicles are unsafe vehicles.”

The fine for driving an unregistered vehicle is $700, while driving an uninsured vehicle costs a further $973.

These are two separate infringements as one falls under the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999 and the other under the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2019.

Over the next few weeks, registration renewal letters will contain information about the updated processing capability so that Canberrans fully understand their obligation to register their vehicles.

An education campaign will also be launched in July.

“We are committed to ongoing education and awareness to keep our local roads safe,” a Transport Canberra statement noted.

“Safe vehicles is a key pillar of the Safe System approach to achieve Vision Zero: zero deaths or serious injuries on ACT roads.”

Most vehicles can be registered online if unregistered for less than 12 months.

If it’s been unregistered for more than a year, it will need a roadworthy inspection. This can be booked through an Access Canberra service centre.

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The registration monitoring comes as a speed and red-light camera is being relocated to monitor traffic heading south on Northbourne Avenue through the Bunda Street intersection.

A Transport Canberra statement emphasised this wasn’t an additional device being added to the fixed-camera network.

“It is a relocation of an existing fixed camera, with the location chosen for several reasons including its proximity to the bus interchange and light rail stop with increased vehicle and pedestrian movement,” it stated.

Variable message signs will be put up throughout the Civic 40 km/h area to remind motorists to slow down in the “highly pedestrianised and built-up area” in the city.

ACT Policing will also continue to target those who choose to speed and put at risk vulnerable road users in the City precinct.

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Does this mean cameras will query rego of EVERY car?
Take as a given that very many cars driving in ACT have interstate rego – tourists, transients, NSW neighbours, temp tfrs – will Road Services pay the query fee to other rego authorities?
Or is it just another lottery?

“Does this mean cameras will query rego of EVERY car?”

From the article: “Access Canberra would start checking registration details when processing other traffic infringements.”

Thank you. I didn’t read carefully enough. That’s certainly a smaller catchment.
But I still ask – will Access Canberra check the rego status of *offending interstate* drivers, or only locally registered?

I don’t see why not. Why would they miss the opportunity to get around $1500 extra for an unregistered vehicle?

Incidental Tourist8:09 am 12 Jun 24

Coincidentally in Queensland people will pay 50 cents for public transport from August. Also in Queensland there will be 20% car rego reduction. Queenslanders get $200 FairPlay vouchers to keep kids active, $1000 energy bills rebate, more students and retirees support. What’s wrong with ACT??

Capital Retro9:32 am 12 Jun 24

All this will cost $3B annually and will be funded by more debt.

Who ends up underwriting the debt? The people who receive the “benefits”.

Either the Premier is a mug or if he is re-elected the people are mugs too.

ACT doesn’t have the sweet, sweet coal royalties to prop up the economy

You are comparing the relative economic strength of the Queensland economy and the ACT economy … an economy of 5 million people vs. an economy of 470,000 people🤦🏻

The bundastreet intersection should have a light that is green for a bit longer so more than 2 cars can make it through at a time. More people cross through yellow than through green.

It would be really great too if people would move off smartly.

Agree. But i feel general driving skills and traffic awareness among road users unfortunately only go one way. And not the correct one

What about cameras identifying politicians parking in disabled permit zones?

Why bother, Fp, there are sufficient ‘concerned citizens’ with mobile phones doing the job?

Canberrans are being ripped off by the current government’s Taxes and charges including motor vehicle registration and fines to pay for light rail. About time the community kicked out Barr and Rattenbury. Should have happened long ago.

Yes we should have … 20 years in power is way too long. The arrogance of extended incumbency kicked in a long time ago. However, the alternative bunch do not inspire confidence.

Brian Dunnigan5:13 pm 11 Jun 24

Transport Canberra and ACT Policing having a laugh! There’s many vehicles out there that don’t have fully functioning headlights at night. Had one (an AU Falcon) steam past me at ridiculous speed with one functioning tail light. No other light. Get these mugs off the road.

THIS. So many unroadworthy cars on the road in Canberra. Lights, brake lights, tyres, blowing smoke… should require *at least* five-yearly checks once the car is over ten years old.

More Government surveillance scope creep. Next they will be checking our social credit score. We are already being monitored every time we go for a drive or walk the dog, go to the supermarket or Bunnings, wherever we take our mobile phones, whenever we leave or enter the ACT. With AI, integration of public and private camera surveillance and facial recognition, we will shortly be under the Orwellian state’s full surveillance.

How is a vehicle suddenly ‘unsafe’ if its rego has expired? How does paying the rego suddenly make it safe again?

Because unregistered vehicles are over represented in fatal and other collisions. Why? Studies have shown that drivers of unregistered vehicles are 3 times more likely to have a suspended or disqualified licence, meaning they are more likely to be bad or dangerous drivers and have collisions.

That doesn’t answer my question at all.

I guess it makes it safer for other road users, in that it means they are covered by third party insurance. But until there’s an inspection system, there’s no way to say the vehicle itself is safe.

My point exactly. Paying rego does not make a car safe. I can pay the rego and still have 4 bald tyres, failing brakes and wandering steering. Paying or not paying a fee does not make a vehicle safe or unsafe. The suggestion it does from our officials is absurd.

Heywood Smith1:47 pm 13 Jun 24

@Ken M. Highly unlikely that a former salesman working in the APS earning over $500k/annum would let their Hyundai Getz to get to such an unroadworthy state!

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