Heavy vehicle cameras installed to catch out drivers flouting fatigue laws and speed limits


Mark Kearney @mnkearney

4 Jul 2017, 2:30 p.m.

  • An example of the cameras installed. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
  • An example of the images captured by the road safety cameras. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
  • Calder gets cameras to make road safer

An example of the cameras installed. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Melbourne-bound motorists might be prompted to double-check their speedometers upon seeing new road safety cameras on the Calder Freeway. 

But recently installed devices near Gisborne have their lenses firmly fixed on targets bigger than the average commuter.

The cameras are one of five new point-to-point devices across Victoria that measure the time taken for heavy vehicles to traverse the country’s major freight corridors.

Installed by VicRoads and funded by the federal government, the cameras are programmed to detect the licence plates of vehicles weighing more than 4.5 tonnes.

Information collected by the cameras will be fed into a National Heavy Vehicle Registrar database, which monitors movement on freight networks across the country. 

It is expected the devices will catch out drivers and freight companies who do not adhere to speed limits and fatigue laws. 

Federal transport minister Darren Chester said in April the new cameras would encourage safer driving on Australia’s major roads.

“It also means authorities can better detect risky behavior and unsafe practice on our roads, which helps narrow our focus for compliance and enforcement efforts,” Mr Chester said. 

The other new camera locations are:   

  • the Hume Freeway at Wallan
  • Western Freeway at Ballan
  • Goulburn Valley Freeway at Murchison
  • Princess Freeway at Yarragon

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