Residents of the Far North’s dairy farming district of Malanda are seething over Labor Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey’s high-tech roadside cameras which have been robbing motorists blind of thousands of dollars.
Local member of parliament Shane Knuth said 360 people had contacted his office, with close to 600 fines totalling $300,000 over a few weeks in October.
“Laws are in place to change behaviour but how on earth is placing a camera on a road which is a low crash area justified?” Mr Knuth said.
“How is giving an emergency nurse seven fines, or a pensioner visiting his wife in the nearby aged care facility a way to change people’s behaviour if they are not notified until a month after the alleged offence?
“This is purely about revenue raising. I have serious concerns about not only the criteria used to determine where these devices are placed, but also the process in place to test these devices everyday they are at these locations.”
Katters Australian Party’s wily, tenacious Member for Hill asked the Main Roads Minister in parliament several weeks ago to provide him with radar device test results before the cameras were put in place.
He is still waiting for an answer.
Queensland Labor expects to generate $500m from traffic fines this year more than doubling last year’s revenue.
The National Measurement Act 1960 could provide a remedy for those hapless motorists who have been stung with potentially unlawful traffic fines.
Motorists will find that the radar or laser instruments used to calculate their speed will not have been calibrated and certified by the Chief Metrologist for accuracy, each time they are deployed. Nor will the radar operator have a current certificate of calibration issued by the Chief Metrologist or his agent.
A Queensland-issued certificate is not recognised by the federal act, unless the Chief Metrologist has endorsed it.
The recently amended act is now careful to state the measuring instrument must be used for trade. It should be noted the Main Roads Department is a corporation which has an ABN number, https://abr.business.gov.au/ABN/View?abn=39407690291 which qualifies it for trading with the public to generate income.
Naturally members of the public may not consent to trading with MRD which is another disqualifier for a traffic fine.
Readers can refer to:
National Measurement Act https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021C00505
18GE (11); 18GA (1); 18GA (5) (a) (b); 18GH; 18GR; 18GG; 19A (1) (2); 19AAA; 19AAB