Nothing fine about it


Justin Rob, of Ellenbrook, and local business owner Cilla Fahey-Gilmour with a speeding fine. Picture: David Baylis        d450542
Justin Rob, of Ellenbrook, and local business owner Cilla Fahey-Gilmour with a speeding fine. Picture: David Baylis        d450542

Ellenbrook mother Lee-Ann Hill said she would not pay a speeding fine she received that claimed she was in a 50km/h zone on Henley Brook Avenue near Edgecombe Pass.

Ms Hill said the speed camera was 1km up Henley Brook Avenue, near the roundabout at Millhouse Road.

She said the location on the infringement was not correct.

“You can clearly see there are two signs on the road that say 60km/h,” she said.

“I got caught doing 62.

“But I received a fine for $200 and two demerit points that said the limit was 50km/h, which is wrong.”

WA Police confirmed the radar was at the location Ms Hill claimed, but said the reference to the cross street of Edgecombe Pass did not refer to the exact location of the camera.

“It is a reference point which is used should there be multiple pre-determined speed camera locations on the same road,” a spokesperson said.

“It does not matter if there are other streets in between as it is a reference point, and not the exact location.”

Ms Hill’s complaint on Facebook has received a big response from other motorists who also received allegedly incorrect fines.

Ellenbrook business owner Cilla Fahey-Gilmour said the same camera also snapped her on February 9.

One fine she got in the mail alleged she was travelling at 60km/h, meaning a fine of $200 and two demerit points.

“I’m not disputing the fact I was speeding. I’m disputing the information, it’s contradictory,” she said.

“Don’t give me a fine saying I was in a different location with a different limit and expect me to pay it.”

Ms Fahey-Gilmour said she contacted local police and Main Roads immediately after she received the fine.

“Main Roads said the limit there (near Edgecombe Pass) is 60. So why does my fine say the limit was 50 then?” she said.

Ms Hill said she also was not fighting the fact she may have been speeding, but that the fine was incorrect.

Ellenbrook resident Rachel Mahe received two fines in the mail from that location and that day, half an hour apart.

“I’ve got two fines with a total of $400 and four points, when I was only doing 2km/h over the limit (at Edgecombe Pass) in one and 4km/h over in the other,” she said.

Ms Mahe said it was an example of revenue raising.

“The sad thing is a lot of people will just pay it,” she said.

“But they’re being exploited.”

Ellenbrook fly-in, fly-out worker Justin Rob also said he received an incorrect ticket and would fight the matter too.

A spokesperson for WA Police confirmed the speed limit near Edgecombe Pass was 50km/h.

“The speed limit in that section of road is the state default for a built up area, being 50km/h.”

Main Roads said the speed limit on the northern section of Henley Brook Avenue was 50km/h from the posted signs, just prior to the roundabout.

Police Minister Liza Harvey also said the location on the ticket did not matter.

“If you don’t speed, you won’t get caught,” she said.

All residents involved said they had written to the Infringements Department as instructed by WA Police and were awaiting a response.

n Were you caught by the same speed camera? If so, email The Advocate at advocate@communitynews.com.au.