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Victoria to roll out high-tech cameras to improve road safety across freight networks
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With the aim of improving road safety, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is set to roll out new high-tech cameras across five major freight networks in Victoria. The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be funded under the Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative which focusses on Australia’s key heavy vehicle corridors and hot spots.

The five Victorian sites for the ANPR cameras are:

  • Hume Highway at Wallan
  • Calder Freeway at Gisborne
  • Western Freeway at Ballan
  • Goulburn Valley Freeway at Murchison
  • Princess Freeway at Yarragon

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the ANPR cameras had been “…very useful in encouraging safe driving practices,” and that the Victorian cameras would eventually be linked with other states through the NHVR. “Putting more cameras on the ground is a critical step towards a national camera network and better data sharing across borders will reinforce our efforts to make our major freight networks safer,” Mr Chester added.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the Victorian camera rollout was part of a larger plan for a national compliance and information system which will use real-time data collection to be linked between agencies across Australia. “National visibility of vehicle movements will allow the NHVR and other enforcement agencies to identify drivers and operators who systematically flout fatigue laws,” Mr Petroccitto says. The NHVR is currently working together with other state road transport authorities to identify the busiest freight routes as additional camera sites in the future.

Last modified on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 17:18

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