New cameras in ACT will target heavy vehicle safety

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The ACT Government will be rolling out six new heavy vehicle monitoring cameras on both sides of the Federal Highway near the NSW border.

Minister for Roads Chris Steel says the cameras will help to ensure drivers of heavy vehicles comply with load limit regulations and avoid deadly driver fatigue.

“In conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), these cameras will integrate with others placed at key points across the nation to help ensure safety is maintained for all road users,” he said.

“The six new automatic numberplate-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 numberplate recorded.”

$300,000 has been provided by the NHVR as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said “The high-tech monitoring cameras have been rolled out in states across Australia over the past two years to encourage safer driving practices”.

“Data from the cameras in the ACT will feed into the National Compliance and Information System to collect real time monitoring and compliance data.

“They allow authorities to better detect risky behaviour and unsafe practice on our roads which helps narrow our focus for compliance and enforcement efforts,” he said.

The NHVR states that it is currently working with state and territory road transport authorities to identify additional camera sites which are located within the busiest freight routes to maximise heavy vehicle monitoring capability.

More information on the National Compliance Information System and the National Safety Camera Network can be found on the NHVR website: http://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/national-compliance-information-system.

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