Fast money: Bulli speed camera rakes in $153k

The fixed speed camera on the Princes Highway at Bulli has raked in more money in the last six months of last year than its average annual performance over the previous three years.

It’s even outperforming the two speed cameras on Memorial Drive – catching an amazing 193 per cent more speeding drivers.

Office of State Revenue figures show that, from July to December the camera outside the Bulli Bowling Club, where the speed limit is 60km/h, has detected 946 speeders leading to a fine value of $152,996.

With six more months to go before the end of the financial year, that's more than the camera annual average in the past three years of $151,700.

The fixed speed camera on the Princes Highway in Bulli. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The camera is also close to eclipsing its three-year average for speeding drivers as well, which stands at 1128.

The figures show the Bulli speed camera is one of the best performing in the Illawarra.

It's second only to the one on the F6 at Gwynneville between the Memorial Drive and Gipps Road overpasses which, in the last six months of 2013, detected 3339 speeders for a total fine value of $800,841.

The Bulli camera is more effective than the cameras on Memorial Drive (in both directions combined), the camera outside The Illawarra Grammar School at West Wollongong and the Northcliffe Drive camera at Warrawong and the camera at the base of Mount Ousley Road.

The figures for the F6 camera at Gwynneville also show a spike on previous years. In the past three years, it averaged 4546 infringements and $846,458 in fines. In just six months, it has almost equalled those figures.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said the spikes could be explained by road maintenance at both sites before last June.

"Specifically, the fixed camera in Bulli was operating for one lane only for a significant period from November 2012 to May 2013," the spokesman said.

"The F6 camera also had a period of downtime in February 2013 which appears to be the main change in infringement trend at this camera location."

The spokesman said the total value of infringement notices for the last six months would seem higher because of fines issued to company vehicles.

"Company vehicle fines have a higher initial face value than private vehicles, with the fine reducing to the same as a private vehicle once a driver is nominated by the company that owns the vehicle," the spokesman said.

He said both cameras were reviewed last year and were deemed to be performing properly, he said.