The cameras have NOT been turned off!
Police put breaks on dodgy cameras
FINES from fixed speed cameras on three Melbourne arterial roads will be suspended after police found a third malfunctioning camera.
But Victorian Police Minister Andre Haermeyer said cameras would continue to operate while the accuracy of each camera in the system was checked.
Fines from cameras on the Western Ring Road, CityLink and the Monash Freeway will be suspended from today as cameras undergo a four to six-week verification process.
Acting Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) Chris Ferguson said police opted to withhold fines after a malfunctioning camera, the third since July, was identified on the Western Ring Road.
He did not elaborate on the nature of the malfunction, which was identified when the camera gave a false measurement "in the ball park" of two recent cases.
In July, a 30-year-old Datsun 120Y was clocked at 158km/h on the Western Ring Road and on October 23 a truck was snapped at 174 km/h travelling uphill in the Burnley Tunnel.
However, Mr Haermeyer said the fine suspensions did not give motorists a green light to speed on the affected roads.
"Anybody who thinks ... they can go and speed on those roads will be sorely mistaken, because those cameras will continue to operate and there will be added presence from both police and mobile speed cameras on those roads," he said.
Mr Ferguson said the verification process did not affect new fixed cameras installed at dozens of Melbourne intersections earlier this year.
Opposition Leader Robert Doyle said the public's confidence in speed cameras had been eroded by the faulty cameras and the government must reveal whether they had been calibrated.
He said the government potentially faced large class action lawsuits from aggrieved motorists who had received speeding fines they did not deserve.
"As the days have gone by, the confidence of the public has eroded," he said.
"We all now accept this is not about road safety, this was about revenue raising.