September 30, 2022

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The speed camera taking the award for most fines is in the Northconnex Tunnel southbound at Normanhurst, which hit more than 23,387 people at the hip pocket in the last year.

The second-most profitable are the fixed cameras at the Princes Highway at St Peters which have been working overtime, raking in more than $3.2 million.

Top earning speed cameras in NSW revealed
Speed cameras across NSW are raking in millions of dollars. (9News)

Residents say they have seen numerous people being caught by the camera, all by noticing the signature flash.

“My gym’s over there and I see at least three or four people getting caught every time,” one person told 9News.

“You can see the light going off, it goes off like a cracker. It’s just continuous,” another person said.

In the 2020-2021 financial year, 95 drivers were pinged at the St Peters intersection but last year the speed limit dropped from 60 km/hr to 40.

After the change, more than 21,000 people were fined. 

Local MP Ron Hoenig believes the decision to lower the speed limit is more about revenue than road safety. 

“People have been driving for 50 years without a blemish and all of a sudden they are getting booked by a speed camera that doesn’t need to be there,” he said.

Top earning speed cameras in NSW revealed
A speed camera at St Peters is the second-highest earning one in NSW. (9News)

The next biggest earner is the Northconnex northbound at Pennant Hills, with 13,912 fines in the past year.

13,798 people have also been fined on the Great Western Highway at Mount Victoria.

And slightly lower is the Eastern Distributor in Darlinghurst with 13,596 fines.

Not among the top performing cameras but still a top earner is the speed camera in a 30 km/hr zone on Bigge Street in Liverpool, which has fined 14,134 drivers in the first seven months of this year.

That works out to $2.58 million in fines.

Speed camera sign in Liverpool
Residents in Liverpool are lobbying to change the speed limit back to 40. (9News)

Despite the Liverpool council lobbying for the change to 30 km/hr zones, the mayor now wants the speed to be raised to 40 km/hr.

In a recent survey, around 90 per cent of residents say they want the speed limit changed.

“Having 30 kms is just ridiculous,” Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said.

“We are finding experienced drivers and bus drivers that have never had a fine in their life are being caught up in this trap.”

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But the executive director of the Centre for Road Safety claims the speed limit change has lowered the incidence of crashes in the area.

“The reality that 30 km has already seen a reduction in the casualty crashes in the area, we have prominent signage,” Bernard Carlon said.

“Look at those signs, stay under the speed limit and everyone will be a lot safer.”

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