Cameras on watch for trucks

July 26, 2017

New cameras have popped up on the Goulburn Valley Hwy and the Hume Fwy, but unless you are a long-haul truck driver they are nothing to worry about.

The cameras, which arch over the road south of Murchison-Violet Town Rd on the Goulburn Valley Hwy and at Wallan on the Hume Fwy, were installed earlier this month.

A VicRoads spokesperson said they were not regular speed cameras and were part of a national network to improve safety in the trucking industry.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester said it was one of five automatic number plate-recognition cameras installed across Victoria’s major freight networks.

The cameras are not looking for speeders on our highways, but according to Mr Chester they are used by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to detect risky behaviour in the trucking industry.

Ken Keating from Keating Freight Lines said the cameras were used to check if trucking companies were complying with strict laws regarding fatigue and maximum hours on the road.

He believed the cameras were beneficial for the industry, but it would not affect his drivers as they only worked in Victoria and did not drive the long distances of interstate companies.

‘‘Anything to make things safer is good,’’ Mr Keating said.

Paul Murphy from Shepparton-based interstate trucking company MIRV said the cameras were commonplace in NSW and South Australia.

‘‘They monitor driving hours and how far the trucks go,’’ Mr Murphy said.

‘‘It doesn’t do any harm, that’s for sure.’’

The cameras cost between $200000 and $800000 to install.

Other cameras will be located on the Calder Fwy at Gisborne, the Western Fwy at Ballan and the Princess Fwy at Yarragon.

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