New speed cameras nothing but a revenue raiser
The O'Farrell Government's decision to announce it will introduce more than 100 new speed cameras on NSW roads just before the Budget is all about revenue raising, the NSW Labor Opposition said today.
"On a Friday afternoon, just before the Budget, Barry O'Farrell has taken out the rubbish," Opposition Leader, John Robertson said.
"The Premier is flooding NSW roads with an extra 109 fixed speed cameras, 42 mobile speed cameras and turning back on seven speed cameras he decommissioned last year after saying they were revenue raisers.
"These new speed cameras are being announced only weeks before the Budget in a clear revenue raising measure by Premier O'Farrell.
"These speed cameras aren't about improving road safety, they are about improving the O'Farrell Government's Budget bottom line.
"Announcing the influx of more than 100 new speed cameras today means the Premier will be able to include the huge increases in forecast revenue in his upcoming Budget.
"Barry O'Farrell campaigned on being the friend of the motorist during the election campaign, but now he is dumping more than 100 new speed cameras on our roads."
Shadow Minister for Roads, Robert Furolo said motorists had every right to be disappointed and angry with the O'Farrell Government over its backflip on speed cameras.
"In Opposition, Barry O'Farrell and Duncan Gay said speed cameras were all about revenue raising, yet today we see them dumping hundreds of extra cameras on the motorists of NSW," Mr Furolo said.
"This is a desperate grab for cash at the expense of motorists.
"This is clearly a government who was willing to say one thing to get elected, with no intention of ever delivering on their commitments to motorists in office."
Tags: Barry O'Farrell, budget, John Robertson, roads, Robert Furolo, safety, speed cameras