Mobile speed camera almost gets towed in Australia after parking illegally – and now its operator has been forced to withdraw all fines
- Speed camera parked in a temporary freeway in Wollongong was almost towed
- The freeway is set for the NSW Road World Championships
- All fines issued by the camera on Cabbage Tree Lane on Wednesday are void
- Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary Tara McCarthy said the car moved voluntarily
A mobile speed camera was forced to withdraw all fines after parking illegally and almost being towed.
The camera was parked in a temporary freeway on Cabbage Tree Lane in Wollongong’s Fairy Meadow, about 80km south of Sydney, last Wednesday.
Footage shared online shows a tow truck backing up to the camera as its ‘your speed has been checked’ sign slowly lowers.
However, Transport for NSW said the mobile camera driver voluntarily moved from the scene after realizing they were illegally parked.
“The driver moved the vehicle when they became aware that the temporary clearance was in place as part of the World Road Cycling Championships,” deputy secretary Tara McCarthy told Nine News.
‘As a result, the enforcement session has been deemed void and no fines will be issued.’
“Transport for NSW is working with the supplier to investigate the incident.”
Cabbage Tree Lane is one of several streets closed for the road cycling world championships, which run from 18 September to 25 September.
The lane will be closed from around 7 to
A speed camera parked in a temporary freeway was forced to move and withdraw all illegal parking fines (pictured, a tow truck preparing to move the car)
Social media users say speed camera operators should not be above the law.
One user on Facebook said: ‘Government revenue is rising as usual. It is a disgrace’.
Another said: ‘The operator can’t even read so how can they enforce the law?’
While a third added: ‘Was the driver fined for illegal parking?’
Another also called for the driver to be fined: ‘The driver of the vehicle should be fined for parking on a free road like anyone else would be. Whatever vehicle he had, he decided to park the vehicle there, he can accept the fine.’
Another added: ‘You are not above the law.’