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Information on mobile road safety cameras

Victoria Police is responsible for choosing the locations and operating times of mobile speed cameras in Victoria. The highest priority sites are those with a high crash-risk and speed-related problem areas.

Here’s some more information about mobile speed cameras:

  • The Victoria Police Traffic Camera Office provides guidelines around the operation of mobile cameras through the Mobile Digital Road Safety Camera Policy & Operations Manual.
  • All mobile camera operators are specially trained.
  • Mobile cameras can be installed in unmarked vehicles or on a tripod outside the vehicle.
  • While using a mobile camera, the operator is permitted to park their vehicle on the footpath, a nature strip or a dividing strip (in accordance with the Road Safety Road Rules 2009).
  • Mobile cameras transmit a radar beam to determine the speed and the direction of a vehicle. The camera can detect speeding vehicles in one or both directions and from either side of the road.
  • If a mobile camera captures two vehicles within a single image, qualified officers examine the photograph by overlaying the known size and position of the radar beam. If both vehicles are within the beam, no infringement will be issued.
  • Encrypted camera incident data is sent to two trained verification staff. They are required to independently review the data and must agree an incident has occurred. If both staff do not agree a third is asked to adjudicate.  All verification staff undergo training before being allowed to verify incidents.
  • All agreed incidents are then sent to the Traffic Camera Office at Victoria Police for final revision and authorisation, only then is a fine issued.
  • There are more than 100 mobile road safety cameras, approximately 2000 possible mobile camera sites and around 85 camera vehicles in Victoria. Mobile camera locations (Excel, 135KB) are updated each month.
  • Prior to setup and at the end of each mobile camera session, the operator conducts a full inspection of the site including speed zone and site boundary confirmation. Test shots are taken at the start and end of a camera session to ensure that the camera system is working correctly.

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