Multimillion dollar boost to national heavy vehicle camera network
02 September 2016
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced $2.45 million to improve Australia's heavy vehicle camera monitoring network, as TruckWeek 2016 rolls on.
The funding boost will allow the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to fast-track the installation of five additional automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras along Australia's key heavy vehicle corridors and black spots.
Mr Chester said the cameras would help reduce pressure on freight operators to shift goods within unrealistic time constraints, while also having the broader benefit of improving safety for all motorists.
“These high-tech monitoring cameras have been shown to be effective and will be in operation by July 2017,” Mr Chester said.
“Each camera site costs between $250,000 and $500,000 to establish, depending on what infrastructure, power, communications and security facilities are already in place.
“This is money well spent in terms of detecting risky behaviour and unsafe practice on the roads, and helps narrow our targets for compliance and enforcement efforts.
“With Australia's vital trucking industry gathering for TruckWeek to discuss a range of issues, this funding commitment will not only benefit heavy vehicle drivers, but all motorists.”
The NHVR is currently working with state road transport authorities to identify the new camera sites and is considering the busiest freight routes with the highest traffic volumes to maximise heavy vehicle monitoring capability.
Mr Chester said the NHVR would also commence a pilot project to link heavy vehicle monitoring networks across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
“Putting more cameras on the ground is a critical step. Making sure they share data across borders is the next step,” he said.
“The heavy vehicle camera network is part of the NHVR's broader plans for a national compliance and information system which will support real-time, agency-linked, data-collection used by authorised officers at the roadside and in compliance units.
“National visibility of vehicle movements will allow the NHVR and other enforcement agencies to identify drivers and operators that systematically flout fatigue laws.”
The Australian Government continues to work toward delivering the goals of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, including reducing the annual number of road crash fatalities by at least 30 per cent, and Mr Chester said the camera network formed part of a broader road safety commitment.
For more information on the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, visit: roadsafety.gov.au/
For more information on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/Heavyvehicles/