Contrary to a prior government decision, fixed warning signs for mobile speed cameras will be rolling out across NSW from this month.
The NSW government had previously chosen to remove mobile speed camera warning signs, however lobbying from various transport bodies, including NatRoad, emphasised the importance of reminding drivers to do the right thing and check their speed.
“Appropriate warnings are an essential part of road traffic enforcement, as is upgrading of road infrastructure, said Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO.
“NatRoad wants further changes to be made to the signage and laws relating to speeding. Inconsistency in speed limits and signage is one of the biggest frustrations for truck drivers.
“Better infrastructure is also an essential part of traffic safety. While applying a lower speed limit for trucks on risky stretches of road such as the notorious Mount Ousley descent near Wollongong, is well-meaning, it’s a second-best solution. Heavy and light vehicles need to be separated wherever possible – which is why NSW Government improvements to the Mount Ousley interchange are welcome and should be a solution that’s rolled out elsewhere. Better infrastructure saves lives.”
Clark added that NatRoad also welcomed another announcement from the NSW Government about the roll-out of audio tactile line markings, flexible safety barriers, wide centre lines, speed humps and raised pedestrian crossings.
The NSW Government says 17 kilometres of flexible median barrier will be installed on the Kamilaroi Highway from Baan Baa to Turrawan by 2023, and over 2000 kilometres of rumble strips will be added to the Newell Highway from Tocumwal to Boggabilla by 2022.
“Providing adequate warnings about speed cameras and improved infrastructure can only benefit road safety,” added Clark.