POLL: Government closes speed camera revenue loophole

The NSW government has closed a loophole that would have allowed the Treasury to take a slice of the revenue generated by speed camera fines. 

Roads Minister Duncan Gay yesterday introduced a bill into Parliament to set up a new Community Road Safety Fund, which would benefit from all funds raised by speed and red light cameras.

The bill contained a clause that would allow money raised by the cameras to be directed into consolidated revenue.

NRMA was today outraged by the existence of the clause. 

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"This is certainly not what we expected. We put it to the government, take the money from cameras, put it into a fund for road safety," NRMA President Wendy Machin said.

"Our concern is that any future government, when the circumstances are tight, might see this as a good opportunity to sneak some back.’’

Mr Gay, just hours later, said the clause would be removed, following talks with Treasurer Mike Baird.

"It was always the intention that all money raised from camera detected offences be spent on road safety."

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