Victoria's Most Expensive Speed Trap Cost Drivers $4.1 Million In One Year

A traffic camera in Melbourne's southeast has racked up more than $4.1 million in speeding fines in just one year.

Since replacing outdated cameras to digital systems, Victoria's Road Safety Camera Commissioner (RSCC) has reported a massive increase in infringements across the city.

One camera at North Rd and Clayton Rd in the suburb of Clayton - detected 16,872 infringements - up from a mere 24 infringements since the technology was updated.

The total cost of these infringements: $4.1 million.

This can be compared to the $9,854 collected in fines before the Clayton camera was upgraded.

Traffic camera at North Road and Clayton Road intersection. Image: Google street view
The busy North Road Clayton Road intersection in Clayton. Image: Google street view

It's a similar story across the board, with another camera in Saint Kilda East rising revenue from $35,626 in infringements to more than $3.2 million.

Four out of the 10 upgraded cameras earnt more than $1 million each in the 2017-18 financial year, with all ten cameras earning more than $300,000 each.

Infringements across the ten upgraded cameras skyrocketed from $253,172 in the 2015-16 financial year to $12.6 million in 2017-18.

The RSCC annual report states the improved camera systems have played a role in detecting much larger numbers of infringing drivers than its predecessors.

"The road safety consequences are that more drivers have received a reminder that speeding is unacceptable," Commissioner John Voyage said.

Data from the Road Safety Camera Commissioner (RSCC). Image: RSCC Annual Report