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[VIC] Data - Speeding Fines

Discussion in 'Research, Studies, and Data' started by mainstage, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. The latest data on speed camera fines in Victoria was released last week, which shows that while the number of fines has hit a four year low, the total revenue generated by speed cameras has hit a four year high.

    Revenue from speeding fines totalled $293 million in 2012-13. Much of the increases over the past four years have come from fixed speed and red light cameras rather than mobile cameras.

    In 2009-10, 43.5% of all speed camera revenue came from mobile cameras but in 2012-13 this had dropped to 35.4%. In real terms, the mobile cameras generate about $102 million a year.

    By contrast, Fixed speed and red light intersection cameras generated $109.5 million in 2012-13 (37.4% of total revenue), up from $73.5 million (31.1%) in 2009-10.

    However, the number of infringements issued to motorists has reached a four-year low. A total of 1,292,991 fines were issues to Victorians in the past financial year, down 6.3 per cent on 2011-12.

    The increase in revenue was due to harsher fines. On average, people were fined $227 for infringements over the 2012-13 period, an increase of $31 from the year before. For example, fines for exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km/h increased from $153 in 2011-12 to $173 in 2012-13 while running a red light went from being a $305 to $352 offence over that period.

    The proportion of motorists caught speeding has decreased since last year, with 79 drivers per 100,000 fined by fixed cameras last year, down from 88 per 100,000 in 2011-12. Almost a billion cars were recorded going past fixed speed cameras in the last year.

    Here is the data from the above graphs in spreadsheet form:

    Detailed data on fines from speed cameras is publicly available at the Department of Justice's Cameras Save Lives website and includes information on the top cameras for fines, official warnings and compliance statistics.

    Here is the link with the graphs:

  2. just proves it's all about revenue. If the number of people being caught is dropping, they've got to increase the fines to maintain the revenue stream.
  3. Gotta get that income from somewhere :( As simon varley said - if the numbers drop, the fines have to increase.

    Efforts at improving road safety do no (in my opinion) include the blanket use of fixed speed cameras. Unfortunately, real people, doing targeted enforcement activities costs more.
  4. I'm probably going against the tide saying this, but it's not actually a bad news story. Less enforcement in areas where it is ineffective and opportunistic...?
  5. "On average, people were fined $227 for infringements over the 2012-13 period, an increase of $31 from the year before. For example, fines for exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km/h increased from $153 in 2011-12 to $173 in 2012-13 while running a red light went from being a $305 to $352 offence over that period."

    This is nothing new either. Fines go up each year for each penalty point. Just like smokes and grog. Apparently in line with the CPI. (cough)
  6. #6 robsalvv, Oct 9, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2013
    It's interesting that the last time I looked at the figures, the number of detected speeding vehicles had increased year on year on year on year... the underlying trend is increasing. I can't see how a dip last year suggests a decreasing trend. Time will tell.

    The number of cameras and camera operating hours has increased every year since implementation so IF this is the sign of a decrease in detections, that suggests we have reached camera saturation.

    Average fine = $227, an increase of $31 from the year before equals a:

    $31/($227-$31) *100% = 15.8% increase in the average fine.

    When was CPI almost 16%??????????????????? Price gouging or what!
  7. Politicians pay rises...
  8. Like I said "apparently" and it has to do with how much a penalty point is. See the table below and see how much it's increase over the years. It doesn't appear that bad except for the huge rise in 2012-13. But I'm sure someone will tell me otherwise. :)

    Penalty and Fee Units

    What is the value of a penalty unit?
    From 1 July 2004 the value of a penalty unit for a financial year is fixed by the Treasurer under section 5(3) of the Monetary Units Act 2004.
    The Treasurer has fixed the values for penalty units as set out in the following table.

    Financial YearPenalty UnitGov Gaz*

    2004 - 2005 (1/7/04 - 30/6/05) $102.25
    2005 - 2006 (1/7/05 - 30/6/06) $104.81
    2006 - 2007 (1/7/06 - 30/6/07) $107.43
    2007 - 2008 (1/7/07 - 30/6/08) $110.12
    2008 - 2009 (1/7/08 - 30/6/09) $113.42 S66,
    14th March 2008

    2009 - 2010 (1/7/09 - 30/6/10) $116.82 S132,
    15th May 2009

    2010 - 2011 (1/7/10 - 30/6/11) $119.45 G 10,
    11th March 2010, page 449

    2011 - 2012 (1/7/11 - 30/6/12) $122.14 SG158 26th May 2011
    2012 - 2013 (1/7/12 - 30/6/13) (Gazetted as $125.19 in General Gazette 13, 29/03/12 and subsequently increased to $140.84 by section 11 of the Monetary Units Act 2004) $140.84 G13 29th March 2012 and superseded by section 11 of the Monetary Units Act 2004
    2013 - 2014 (1/7/13 - 30/6/14) $144.36 G 16, 18 April 2013
    • Informative Informative x 2
  9. Nice work there 665, long time no see. Interesting 'adjustment' in the 2012 -2013 time frame...
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  10. Thanks 665.

    The penalty's have been indexed at about 2.2 - 2.9% pa increase except for 2013 where they upped it by 15.3%.

    Two words...


  11. Unfortunately I have to add to their coffers. I got done by a fixed camera on the ring road last month doing 109kmh after taking off 3. $180 thank you very much. It is however my first fine in nearly 20 years.

  12. Yeah I wonder how they justified that huge hike?

    G'day Port, yeah still around, down the coast now. I shouId say welcome back to you, it's changed a bit. :popcorn:
  13. LOL....when I think of the local site for the revenue collector, which is down the street from me, the grass has died and there's a brown patch where he parks cause he's there so often...
  14. #14 adprom, Oct 10, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2013

    I hope you haven't paid for it yet and admitted guilt. You may apply to convert it to an official warning under the following guidelines: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?document_id=10369

    I did this last year successfully for an 11kph over offence (their unofficial policy is that less than 15kph over is tolerated if you have been clear for 5 years - thankfully they weren't aware of a previous offence in NSW that I had a 19kph over offence redacted as they don't communicate and it doesn't apply to the vic system).
  15. Classic can't wait to see what they charge for 2014!!!
  16. Adprom, I can't because I've only had the ACT license for 2 1/2 years and my ex got a speeding fine on my Vic car license in 2010 and didn't tell me. She paid the fine but I got the points. I only found out about when I had to get a police check for a security license.
  17. wyno the period for a warning is no points for 2 years

    2010 is more than 2 years ago, so its not going to matter

    Also if you'd been going just 1km/h faster your fine would have been $289 :eek:

  18. Or decrease the limits even further! ;)
  19. That sometimes does not end well. Perverting the course of justice.

    UK case; Australian law on this is afaik very similar:


    I don't know if this has been posted before - Wheels sponsored somebody to drive from Melbourne to Sydney at 130km/h in the 110km/h limited sections, but obey the speed limit in <110km/h sections.


    Reaction from an overseas motoring forum ;)