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Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

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More often or not when you get a speeding fine the idea of challenging it is far too difficult.

But when local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about other locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his fine. 

‘I’ve lived here since 1992/3 I know the area really well and I always go quite easy going down that hill. I always go 60km/h from the top of the hill,’ he told The Echo. 

Local Nathan Hicks has had his speeding fine revoked. Photo Jeff ‘the-other-kind-of-camera’ Dawson

Around 53 people had joined the conversation online and there seemed to be a clear sentiment from participants that the speed cameras near the Ewingsdale roundabout on Hinterland Way were recording speeds significantly above the speed people felt they had been doing. 

‘I was charged $300, and lost six points off my licence,’ said Mr Hicks.

‘Other people might have lost their licence and their jobs. It is really difficult to prove yourself innocent.’

Fine removed

Following significant media coverage and the support of local Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe Mr Hicks says he has had his fine removed.  

‘Mine has been removed, but others are still going through the process.’

‘My question is: “Why aren’t they just automatically revoked?”. I think the RMS should revoke all those fines that were given out during the period where they have been proven to be incorrect.

‘Say if someone was from Sydney, how would they know that they can apply to have the fine revoked?’

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    • Look at the markings on the photos. Each photo has a time stamp, down to 100th of a second. Subtract one from the other and you are left with a time in seconds, or 100th of second.
      Next measure distance travelled in the photos. Use back or front wheel as reference. The markings on the road near the camera are 1 metre apart. Count how many metres your vehicle travelled.
      Now divide distance by time, which will give you metres per second. Next multiply the result by 3.6 which will convert to km/h.
      My result was 16.41 m/s, which equated to 59.07 km/h.
      I requested a review, as the camera had me going 86 km/h, but all fines were annulled today so I see and was told.

      Good luck!

  1. Interesting. I requested a review after being pinged by the same camera and was refused.
    What was the period in which the camera was proven to be incorrect?

  2. not “why aren’t they (the fines) just automatically revoked?”, the question is: why are speeding cameras not properly calibrated? only the government authorities … dare this as a private business, & it’s fraud.

  3. Hey there wondering if anyone knows the dates that the camera was faulty? I just received one too from mid April., wondering if it’s worth disputing.

  4. When this road was the Pacific Highway, the limit was 100. At least one truck rolled coming down the hill on the sharp bend and they dropped it to 60 which is way too slow. The camera should also be further up the hill slowing vehicles before the bend instead of forcing drivers to crawl past at 60 on a straight stretch of road where there is no safety issue and where 100 is still possible on the bend without a speed ticket unless a cop car is about.


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