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New cameras target heavy vehicle safety

ACT roads will be safer with the roll out of new heavy vehicle monitoring cameras on both sides of the Federal Highway near the NSW border, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Minister for Roads, Chris Steel, said these cameras will help to ensure heavy vehicle operators comply with load limit regulations and avoid deadly driver fatigue.

“In conjunction with the NHVR, these cameras will integrate with others placed at key points across the nation to help ensure safety is maintained for all road users,” he said. “The six new automatic number plate recognition cameras have been activated and will monitor the two lanes and emergency stopping lane in each direction on the Federal Highway. The cameras will take a photo of the front of each heavy vehicle that passes by with the date, time and number plate recorded.”

The NHVR provided $300,000 as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

“The high-tech monitoring cameras have been rolled out in states across Australia over the past two years to encourage safer driving practices,” said NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto.

“Data from the cameras in the ACT will feed into the National Compliance and Information System to collect real time monitoring and compliance data.

“They allow authorities to better detect risky behaviour and unsafe practice on our roads which helps narrow our focus for compliance and enforcement efforts,” he said.

The NHVR is currently working with state and territory road transport authorities to identify additional camera sites which are located within the busiest freight routes to maximise heavy vehicle monitoring capability.

In other news, a Federal Budget contribution of $8 million has enabled additional bridge and safety works.

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