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The Department of State Growth, in partnership with Tasmania Police, will implement a new program of mobile speed cameras across Tasmania to reduce the level of speed related road trauma and support the Government’s target of fewer than 200 deaths and serious injuries by 2026.

Research shows that enforcement is most effective when supported by public education. The new Over is Over campaign highlights the consequences of speeding.

1Low level speeding - Over is Over

Low-level speeding is the most prevalent type of speeding in Tasmania.

It doesn’t matter if you’re speeding by 15 km/hr or 4 km/hr because speeding by even a few kilometres over the limit is dangerous to you and other motorists. Over is over.

Speeding by just 5 km/h in a 60 km/h zone doubles the risk of being seriously or fatally injured during a crash. With so many drivers on the network low-level speeding, the overall increase in risk is substantial – even greater than the combined risk of high-level speeding.

More information on low level speeding

2Who will be responsible for operating mobile speed cameras in Tasmania?

The mobile speed camera program will be managed by the Department of State Growth in partnership with Tasmania Police. Mobile speed cameras will be operated by a third-party service provider and will complement Tasmania Police’s speed enforcement activities.

The engagement of a third-party service provider will allow Tasmania Police to focus on other targeted enforcement activities and provide jobs for Tasmanians who are not trained police officers.

3When will mobile speed cameras be introduced in Tasmania?

The new mobile speed cameras will begin operating in early- to mid-2022.

Before any fines are issued, all mobile speed cameras will be tested in accordance with Tasmania’s high accuracy standards. While mobile speed cameras are being tested, you may see them on our roads however they will not be enforcing during the testing period.

4How do cameras improve road safety?

Speed is the single largest factor in road trauma, impacting both the severity and likelihood of a crash.

Speed cameras reduce the speed of passing vehicles, and because cameras can be anywhere anytime, they act as a deterrent and reduce speeding across the whole road network.

Mobile speed cameras have been proven to reduce speeds and the risk of crashing. Speed cameras save lives.

5How do speed cameras work?

Speed cameras use a radar or laser to measure the travelling speed of passing vehicles. If a vehicle is detected speeding, an image of the vehicle, its speed and the date, time and location is recorded.

This information is provided to Tasmania Police to verify an offence has occurred before a Speed Camera Infringement Notice is issued.

6How accurate are speed cameras?

All speed cameras in Tasmania are tested for accuracy annually (or following any repair) and issued certificates of accuracy by an independent testing organisation.

In Tasmania, speed cameras are required to be accurate within 2 km/h for vehicles traveling up to 200 km/h.

In addition, all mobile speed cameras are tested prior to each enforcement session to ensure they are operating correctly.

7Where will mobile speed cameras be located?

Mobile speed cameras will operate anywhere and at any time in Tasmania.

Locations will be chosen based on several factors relating to a driver’s risk of crashing, including historical crashes, measured operational speeds and characteristics of the road.

The Department of State Growth will also consider locations suggested by members of the community and Tasmania Police.

Speed camera locations will be chosen monthly, at random, from a registry of approved mobile speed camera locations.

8What are the penalties for speeding?

View current fines and penalties for speeding offences.

If you are doing the right thing, these cameras won’t cost you anything.

9Why does my fine come from Tasmania Police?

Speed infringement notices are issued by Tasmania Police this includes all mobile and fixed speed cameras.

Every speeding offence detected by a camera is reviewed by a specially trained adjudicator to ensure an offence has occurred.

Please direct all enquiries regarding issued notices to Traffic Liaison Services at traffic.liaison.services@police.tas.gov.au.

10How do I suggest a mobile speed camera location?

The Department of State Growth manages a registry of approved mobile speed camera locations.

Once the mobile speed camera program is fully operating and testing completed, members of the community will be encouraged to suggest locations which may be suitable for a mobile speed camera.

Suggested locations will be assessment by the Department of State Growth to determine it is suitable for the deployment of a mobile speed camera. This assessment is based on the expected risk of speed related crashes and other physical characteristics of a location which may prevent a mobile speed camera from being deployed.