... But only thanks to the speed camera shutdown.....
Speed fines slump
By Tanya Giles
May 5, 2004
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POLICE in Victoria issued 928,000 fewer speeding fines than expected this financial year, leading to a drop of $194 million in revenue destined for State Government coffers.
Treasurer John Brumby said yesterday the massive fall in revenue was due in part to the freeze on speeding tickets caught up in the troubled fixed-camera network.
But the main reason for the drop was a big reduction in motorists fined for errant driving.
Last year the Government estimated police fines would rake in $427.5 million in 2003-04. The figure was now $233.5 million.
But revenue from fines is expected to rise again next financial year to $350.5 million when the fixed cameras are put back on line and new hi-tech red light speed cameras are activated. Mr Brumby yesterday said no new cameras would be installed on Victorian roads to make up for the shortfall this financial year.
"There is no secret plan," he said.
In total, police were forecast to hand out 2.25 million speeding fines in 2003-04. It is now expected they will issue about 1.32 million fines.
Next financial year, the number of fines issued to rogue drivers is expected to rise to 1.85 million.
A further 500,000 CityLink fines are expected to be issued.
Police Minister Andre Haermeyer said the drop in speeding fine revenue showed motorists were heeding safety messages and slowing down. "There has been a culture change in relation to speed," Mr Haermeyer said.
Budget papers also revealed last year's controversial move to link hundreds of fees and fines to inflation helped boost revenue to an expected total of $617 million for 2004-05.
This is expected to increase to $656.4 million the following year.
Taxes on vehicle registration are expected to leap by $100 million because of indexation, an increase in the number of vehicles registered and the axing of free car rego for concession card holders. The Metropolitan Parks Charge for commercial and residential properties in greater Melbourne was also added to the fees and levies linked to inflation from July 1 this year.
Seems to me from reading that, speeding fines only went down because some of the cameras did?
If they're making projections on expected fine revenues, then obviously they have no expectation whatsoever that people will slow down, hence, officially it has been admitted that CAMERAS DON'T WORK! So why all the continued BS about how they save lives?
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No wonder Ive seen cops at the merging area from st. kilda rd to the princes hwy lately.
Luckily the 2 times ive noticed I was speeding, but havent been pulled over due to them maybe pointing at someone else. I cant for the life of me not speed thru that section, dont notice I'm doing it, it is so much more comfortable to merge.
Do I really have to write something funny in here?
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they wanted to issue 2.2million fines this last year!! and as the cameras were not working, they issue half that, so Brax thinks, now how do we get money? charge more for rego..... You're an idoit too!! Idoit is dumber than an idiot,lol
lets get sideways!!!
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