ACT Government Hundreds of Thousands out of Pocket After Traffic Camera Ditched for Light Rail

Canberra’s light rail project has disrupted plenty of traffic during its construction, but it may be saving some drivers a fair chunk of change.

As it turns out, one of the city’s busiest intersections has been operating without its profitable red light camera since early October.

Red-light runners at the intersection of Antill Street, Mouat Street and Northbourne Avenue have been fined almost $3.3 million from mid-2015 to November 1, 2017.

Drivers caught running reds by the camera:

  • 2015/16: 5,488 drivers caught — $1,581,676
  • 2016/17: 4,357 drivers caught — $1,365,433
  • 2017/18 (until Nov 1): 937 drivers caught — $335,704

But since October 5 the lucrative camera has been offline in order to make way for light rail.

When asked by Opposition Leader Alistair Coe on October 27 when the camera would be reinstalled at the intersection, Road Safety Minister Gordon Ramsay said it was not yet known.

Mr Coe said he expected the camera to be reinstalled soon as the Government was more focused on revenue than road safety.

“Given the cost of light rail, I am sure that the ACT Government will be very keen to get these cameras back in operation as soon as possible,” he said in a statement to the ABC.

“However, now that the cameras have been removed, now is the right time to reassess just how effective they are at reducing the number of accidents.”

Government branch Access Canberra was contacted for comment but did not respond by deadline.