NSW welcomes more mobile speed cameras

Drivers in NSW better make sure they keep an even sharper eye on their speedometers from here on out.

That's because Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have just announced more mobile speed cameras will be introduced to the state.

Two businesses were yesterday awarded $33 million to deliver increased mobile speed enforcement in NSW.

The idea behind this is by having private contractors operate some of the speed cameras, Australia's police will have more time on their hands to deal with other road-related problems.

Marg Prendergast, general manager of the Centre for Road Safety, said this was an important announcement for NSW, and that she looks forward to these cameras "delivering further road safety improvements".

If you're a fleet manager, you'll no doubt be looking forward to this, too. It's common knowledge that the faster your drivers are travelling, the more likely they are to be involved in a fatal accident.

It's also common knowledge that speed cameras are an effective means of making those behind the wheel slow down.

Ms Prendergast even has some data to back this up.

"Last year’s annual review of speed cameras found that in the 12 months after the reintroduction of mobile speed cameras, there was a 19 per cent reduction in fatalities," she said in a July 11 statement.
"These positive results continued through 2011 and will be reviewed again as part of this year’s annual speed camera review."

The success of such cameras in encouraging drivers to change their habits and limit their travelling speed demonstrates that monitoring vehicles and those controlling them is an effective way of making them both safer and more efficient.

And monitoring is what Smartfleet's software for fleet management does best. It offers you frequent reports on how your fleet and its operators are performing, so you can take steps to improve the quality of your vehicles or alter your drivers' behaviours.