Driver Distraction and Speed Enforcement Bill 2022
The Tasmanian Government is making changes to the laws that regulate how technology may be used to detect illegal and high-risk driving behaviours.
The Vehicle and Traffic Amendment (Driver Distraction and Speed Enforcement) Bill 2022 will amend the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 and Traffic Act 1925 to enable the use of cameras to detect:
The changes will not introduce any new traffic offences, but will allow existing traffic offences to be enforced using cameras. This brings Tasmania up to date with the current use of technology already operating in other Australian jurisdictions.
The sole aim of this additional enforcement is to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes from occurring on Tasmanian roads by deterring high-risk and illegal driving behaviour.
It means the latest camera detection technology can be used to enforce these offences.
When backed up by appropriate penalties and public education, enforcement is one of the most effective tools available for encouraging people to follow the rules and keep others safe.
If you do the right thing, these cameras won’t cost you anything.
Final on-road testing of the new cameras will be conducted before we commence enforcement.
During this final testing period we will ensure the cameras are operating correctly and are calibrated to Tasmanian roads and environment.
Penalties will be enforced once the testing concludes.
Timeframes for the final testing and subsequent enforcement are currently being finalised.
The changes will not implement any new traffic offences. They allow for existing traffic offences to be enforced by photographic detection devices.
While you may see these cameras on our roads, adding to existing enforcement activities, if you do the right thing, you won’t be impacted.
Offences relating to the use of a mobile phone or other mobile device while driving remain unchanged and include:
Offences relating to the use of a seatbelt while driving remain unchanged and include:
Offences relating to vehicle registration remain unchanged and include the use of a vehicle on a public street if it:
Point-to-point or average speed detection is where two or more cameras operate in tandem to detect the average speed of a vehicle travelling between them and determine if a speeding offence has occurred.
If a vehicle has passed between the two points faster than is possible while travelling at the speed limit, a speed offence is deemed to have occurred.
The penalty is the same as if detected speeding by a single fixed-point camera or other enforcement activity.
This technology is widely used in other Australian jurisdictions to improve driver behaviour over extended distances rather than just at single points.