Speed camera rakes in nearly $1m in fines

Drivers in the Nelson region copped close to $1 million in fines in a year from being caught by the mobile speed camera.

And they are well on the way to doing the same again this year with $760,800 to the end of August.

Just one speed camera van covers Nelson, Marlborough and Kaikoura, manned by two operators covering different shifts.

In Nelson, the top speed camera site is on Haven Rd by Auckland Point School, then the northern end of Atawhai Dr, and Main Rd Stoke near Stoke School.

The Nelson Mail made an Official Information Act request to find how much speeding drivers are paying in infringements in Nelson Bays.

Last year the camera van caught them with 15,969 infringements and offences, and so far in eight months this year 13,522. Speeding fines are paid to the police then transferred to the Government's consolidated fund.

Of the $995,570 total fees last year, $806,920 was in fees paid and $188,650 was unpaid and referred to the court. This year to the end of August, $621,930 has been paid, and $138,870 unpaid fines referred to court.

Tasman district road policing manager Inspector Jenni Richardson was unavailable for comment but last month said she hoped to get another speed camera for the district. That depends on funding allocation.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has $10m set aside for speed cameras nationally, and has been waiting on a business case from police.

The Nelson Mail