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20 Worst Speed Cameras in NSW
According to 2009-10 statistics provided by the NSW Office of State Revenue, these are the speed cameras that have resulted in the most infringement notices being issued to motorists. If you’re unfamiliar with NSW, pay close attention after you compare car hire and then take your vehicle out onto NSW roads.
1. Cleveland St, Moore Park (48,550 infringements)
The ultimate speed trap in Sydney. Installed in 2007, these cameras point both ways as drivers pass Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High School. It’s 40km/h during school hours and just 10km/h more at all other times, despite it being a fairly open road. Be very careful when heading down Cleveland Street, particularly if you take a left turn off South Dowling Street, as the camera will take you by surprise.
2. Pacific Highway, Wahroonga (37,936 infringements)
Another very-recently installed bi-directional camera, this one can be found just before you get to the F3 Freeway — or just after, if you’ve just gotten off the Freeway. Many drivers who have been sitting on 110km/h all the way from the Central Coast are caught out as they suddenly find themselves on a slower road. There is a school nearby as well, so be extra careful during morning and afternoon school zone hours.
3. Pacific Highway, Ewingsdale (15,063 infringements)
Well known “St Helena Hill Speed Camera”, this fixed location near Byron Bay on NSW’s north coast has been controversial for many years, with an unusually high amount of complaints from motorists who claimed the camera was faulty and that they were issued an infringement notice unfairly. The speed limit is 60km/h as is standard on the regional highway around a major town, so take care if you’re doing the car hire thing from Brisbane to Sydney.
4. Great Western Highway, Parramatta (14,124 infringements)
Here’s some good news for motorists — the bi-directional cameras on the Great Western Highway just west of Parramatta, which issued 14,124 fines in a two-year period, have been de-activated and are set to be removed. This is due to an Auditor-General report that the cameras did nothing to reduce accidents and had little benefit beyond raising revenue for the State Government.
5. Pacific Highway, Woodburn (12,122 infringements)
By now you might have realised that it pays to be careful if travelling on the Pacific Highway. This is the third Pacific Highway location that has appeared in the top 5, and there are plenty more further down the line. Woodburn is just south of Ballina, about an hour from the St Helena Hill camera at Byron Bay, and many motorists failing to heed speed limits have been nabbed by both in succession.
6. General Holmes Drive, Botany (11,848 infringements)
8. M2 Motorway, North Epping (9766 infringements)
9. Victoria Road, Ryde (7,821 infringements)
10. The Boulevarde, Strathfield (7618 infringements)
11. King Georges Road, Beverly Hills (6671 infringements)
12. Cross City Tunnel, East Sydney (6301 infringements)
13. Avoca Street, Randwick (6253 infringements)
14. Central Coast Highway, Bateau Bay (6122 infringements)
15. Lane Cove Tunnel, Lane Cove (6117 infringements)
16. Botany Road, Rosebery (6041 infringements)
17. Hume Highway, Bankstown (5966 infringements)
18. Cabramatta Road, Bonnyrigg (5950 infringements)
19. MacPherson Street, Mosman (5949 infringements)
20. Princes Highway, Berry (5852 infringements)