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Speeding fines – a sorry tale of administration

By AG Canberra - 24 June 2009 26

Some RiotACTers may remember my post last year about my wife getting a speeding fine from the Monara Highway camera near the Rose Cottage roundabout. This was for doing 101kmh. We thought it was just wrong – she never drives that fast. We decided to pay it and move on (as most people do).

Last week she again recieved a fine for doing 91kmh in the same spot. Now my earlier assertion was starting to look a bit shaky but to humour her we sent in a request for the calibration certificates for both infringements.

Today the paperwork arrived. Lo and behold the most recent infringement has been withdrawn. Happy Days! Due to a processing error, whatever that is.

Also provided were the dates that the calibrations were done and a copy of the legislation that states calibration only has to be done once per twelve month period. Once every twelve months! What happens if when calibrating it’s found to be faulty. Does EVERYONE who was fined in the past 12 months get their money/points/licence back? What about the bloke that loses his job because he’s lost his licence due to a faulty machine?

Surely these things need to be checked on a more regular basis. And what is the mystery “processing error” and how many of them occur and go un-noticed (therefore raking in extra cash for the toy Gov)? Sounds to me like a crappy system that is issuing thousands of dollars in fines each day.

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26 Responses to
Speeding fines – a sorry tale of administration
G-Fresh 5:46 pm 24 Jun 09

ant said :

Well, that’s understandable. they don’t want to get a speeding ticket.

Good pick up.

AG Canberra 5:43 pm 24 Jun 09

I reckon there is something dodgy with this camera. I’m hearing too many stories of people that swear they weren’t speeding – yet still get fined…..

Problem is that I am no laser speed checking device calibration expert – anyone know one?

AG Canberra 5:35 pm 24 Jun 09

topless – Just put in a short letter to the Traffic Camera Office requesting the calibration certificates for the offence they have pinged you for. I specifically asked for the certificates – not just the dates they were calibrated.

Remember – if a copper catches you you can ask to see the speed and the calibration sticker affixed to the radar or laser device. That will show when it was calibrated and by whom. Speed cameras are no different….

zztopless 4:54 pm 24 Jun 09

Would this be the Camera on the Monaro Highway “between Mugga Lane and Isabella drive”?

I got a fine today for 89 in an 80 zone, but I religiously stick to the speed limit there (on the whole Monaro for that matter).

What was the process involved in sending in a request for the calibration certificate? Who did you ring/email/mail to get this?

AG Canberra 1:52 pm 24 Jun 09

Cranky, according to the office the camera was calibrated on:

22 May 08 (which makes it valid through to 22 May 09)This one covered the first speeding fine in October last year (a full 5 months after the calibration…)
and
6 April 09 (which now makes it valid to April 2010).

I am waiting for the full reports to see whether the one in April 09 was just routine or due to other reasons…ie – vandalism, replacement of parts or it not working properly. Of course if it wasn’t working properly in April and needed to be recalibrated – how do we know when it crapped itself?

cranky 1:19 pm 24 Jun 09

AG,

Are you able to list the dates calibration was tested? I too have been pinged at this camera, for 88k’s, within the last 18 months.

The fine was paid, and I’m not looking for reimbursement, but it would be nice to remove the details from a motor vehicle insurance policy I have subsequently taken out.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:15 pm 24 Jun 09

We were provided with dates only. i have gone back to the office asking for the actual certificates – which should detail who did the certifing, the method, date and the results etc. I’ll be interested to see what they supply.

I’ll email a request when I get the revised TIN.

AG Canberra 12:05 pm 24 Jun 09

We were provided with dates only. i have gone back to the office asking for the actual certificates – which should detail who did the certifing, the method, date and the results etc. I’ll be interested to see what they supply.

Quokka 11:30 am 24 Jun 09

ant said :

Well, that’s understandable. they don’t want to get a speeding ticket.

Boom! Boom!

ant 11:18 am 24 Jun 09

Well, that’s understandable. they don’t want to get a speeding ticket.

G-Fresh 11:02 am 24 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

What is the process for requesting a calibration certificate? I might as well ask if it’s free.

I hear it’s not a very speedy process, V8

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:43 am 24 Jun 09

I’ve just submitted a stat dec because someone I lent my car to got a speed camera TIN. What is the process for requesting a calibration certificate? I might as well ask if it’s free.

housebound 10:19 am 24 Jun 09

More like passsive-agressive resistance. It could grind the system to a halt.

toriness 10:15 am 24 Jun 09

ie. grassroots action!

toriness 10:15 am 24 Jun 09

maybe if everyone asked for the calibration certificate where they received a fine (i know it’s what i’d be doing, based on your experience!!), it would force proper maintenance/monitoring of the cameras, then they actually would be calibrated/serviced appropriately.

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