Traffic cameras in Melbourne are in rush mode to catch motorists that have not paid for their tickets.
The cameras are now being used to catch people who are not paying their fines and to catch repeat offenders.
News24 spoke to the director of the Melbourne Traffic Camera Network, Chris Gaffney, who said the cameras were only operating at a rate of about two per day.
“They’re working 24/7, and that’s why it’s so busy,” he said.
“The only thing I can say about that is they’re working extremely hard.”
“When we go to the court, we usually get two or three tickets each time, and we’re trying to catch them before they pay their fines.”
But if we’re busy, it’s a waste of our time.
Drivers can only use the cameras at certain times, and only when the cameras are working. “
We’re just trying to help people to get their day in court.”
Drivers can only use the cameras at certain times, and only when the cameras are working.
If a vehicle is parked for more than four hours without paying, the camera will send a text message to the owner’s phone that states “your vehicle is blocked”, which can be read by a member of the public.
Anyone caught using the cameras to get caught will be issued with a $75 ticket.
Gaffney said the system was already working and the cameras would not be used without the community’s consent.
“The community’s voice is always very important,” he explained.
In the past, people have been given tickets for not paying fines when they were late for court.
However, this year, the fines have been reduced to $150.
The network has been running its automated camera program for three years, but there have been some issues.
“We’ve had a couple of people who were actually caught that were not paying for the ticket, and it’s not been enough to get them off the road,” Gaffrey said.
He also said it is not uncommon for drivers to get into trouble with the police for not keeping their licence.
“If we were a police force, we would take them off our road,” he warned.