New heavy vehicle monitoring cameras at the Federal Highway near the NSW border.
New heavy vehicle monitoring cameras at the Federal Highway near the NSW border.

Truckie slam new heavy vehicle monitoring cameras in ACT

TRUCKIES have slammed news of a rollout of new heavy vehicle monitoring cameras on both sides of the Federal Highway near the New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory border.

The news was announced this week, with Minister for Roads Chris Steel declaring the cameras would help to ensure heavy vehicle drivers "comply with load limit regulations and avoid deadly driver fatigue".

"The six new automatic number plate recognition cameras have been activated and will monitor the two lanes and emergency stopping lane in each direction on the Federal Highway. The cameras will take a photo of the front of each heavy vehicle that passes by with the date, time and number plate recorded," Minister Steel said.

Most drivers felt like it was an exercise in revenue raising.

"Don't know how fining truckies for trying to earn a living makes the roads safer," Jason Stevens said.

Others thought the government needed to target cars instead of trucks.

Robert Krkac said cameras don't make for safe driving, safe driving does.

"If authorities are really serious about safer driving then all point to point cameras would target cars also."

Ashley Hall said, "How is this safer, the heavy vehicles aren't the problem, it's the car drivers who don't know how to drive around heavy vehicles."

The National Heavy Vehicle Regular provided $300,000 as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto said the cameras allowed authorities to "better detect risky behaviour and unsafe practices on our roads, which helps narrow our focus for compliance and enforcement efforts."

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