Eight fixed speed cameras to be taken off Perth roads after errors

One of the fixed speed cameras that has been switched off.
One of the fixed speed cameras that has been switched off.

WA POLICE have announced eight fixed speed cameras will be switched off after a series of misreads and incorrect fines.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Zanetti said a number of cameras had been put into test mode after their accuracy was bought into question by a number of incorrect readings and ‘radar bounces’.

Data will still be collected but those specific cameras will not fine speeding drivers while they are in test mode.

Cameras are routinely switched off or put in test mode, but Mr Zanetti said WA Police were making the announcement so the public could retain its faith in the speed camera network.

A review into speed cameras began in April after a woman disputed a ticket she received.

She was wrongly accused of travelling 162km/h on the Kwinana Freeway near Baldivis.

The review continues into 53,000 infringements detected by potentially faulty cameras. So far, police have refunded 27 incorrect fines.

One of the companies that makes the cameras recommended taking them off the road while independent testing could be done.

Mr Zanetti said WA Police would be working hard to fix the problem, including auditing thousands of now dubious infringements.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said he wanted the public to know that the faulty cameras are not an invitation to break the law.

“The community cannot drive with impunity,” he said.

Extra patrols will be enacted around the camera-less stretches of road.

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said in May that police made the wrong decision to continue using the new speed cameras after faults were detected in February.