Motorists can check speed cameras
Article from: AAP
August 05, 2008 11:40am
VICTORIAN drivers nabbed by speed cameras will be able to check the accuracy of the camera online, eliminating costly Freedom of Information (FoI) requests.
From this week speed camera calibration certificates will be available on the Victorian Government's website at www.justice.vic.gov.au/camerascutcrashes.
Victorian Premier John Brumby said the information would save drivers money by making information previously only available under FoI freely accessible to the public.
"From the point of view of the government department, the Department of Justice, it saves us some time and money as well because we're not dealing with more than 100 FoI application (a year)," Mr Brumby told Fairfax Radio Network.
About 20 per cent of FoI requests lodged with the Department of Justice relate to speed cameras.
Mr Brumby said providing calibration certificates online would give the public confidence that speed cameras were tested regularly and accurate.
The website has also been updated to map fixed speed camera locations for the first time. Previously camera sites were provided in an alphabetical list.
"You can actually get on the map, you can see where they are ... so it's giving the public a lot more information," Mr Brumby said.
"You can see where the cameras are and secondly if you are a person who's been detected and you believe that you weren't speeding and you want to check that the camera has actually been serviced and is accurate, all of that information now is available free without having to go to FoI."