Controversial photo of a mobile speed camera contractor ‘asleep’ at the wheel while on the job sparks furious debate over controversial unmarked SUVs
- Photo shared to Facebook shows a ‘mobile speed camera contractor’ reclining
- Heated debate generated, some for, some against the man and mobile cameras
- Mobile speed cameras without warning signs or markings are working overtime
- A petition to bring back the warning signs for mobile speed cameras launched
- NSW Government has taken more than six times the fines year-on-year
A provocative post including a photo of a speed camera technician lounging on the job has generated heated debate on social media.
The Facebook page New South Wales Speed Camera Locations shared the photo on Saturday, which shows a man in a hi-vis jacket leaning back in a reclined car seat with his arms behind his head.
The caption read: ‘A mobile speed contractor hard at work ripping into peoples pockets… must be complicated making money for a bank.’
A provocative post including a photo of a speed camera technician lounging on the job has generated heated debate on social media (pictured)
The group also included the hashtag ‘revenue raising’ and in subsequent comments maintained the man shown was sitting in an ‘unmarked car’
The group also included the hashtag ‘revenue raising’ and in subsequent comments maintained the man shown was sitting in an ‘unmarked car’.
The photo drew hundreds of comments, mostly from people in angry agreement about the use of mobile speed cameras and the cost of fines.
Some urged the page not to protect the man’s anonymity and instead to show his face, arguing he was parked on a public road.
‘We are reconsidering showing his face as this isn’t about privacy issues!’ NSW Speed Camera Locations replied.
‘How dare someone carry on like that whilst ripping into the public’s pockets with an unmarked vehicle that sends a fine two weeks later!’
‘I always blast the horn on my way past [unmarked cars with speed cameras]. Cause I always imagined they were in there having a nap lmao,’ one man wrote.
But many also defended the man as just doing his job and had some simple advice for people offended by speed cameras: ‘This guy needs to earn money just like everyone else! Don’t want a fine, don’t speed. It’s not rocket science!’ One wrote.
‘If people don’t speed they wouldn’t have a job at all,’ said another, and ‘Keep to the speed limit. Then they won’t get your money.’
Several said calls to expose the man were ‘bullying’.
‘So people think bullying is okay? You think it’s okay to beep the horn at this guy as you go past. You think it’s okay to peek into his window while he’s doing a job he is paid to do to put food on his table. Wow. He don’t set the rules, perhaps this is the only job he could get at the time? Harassment.’
A decision to remove speed camera warning signs in New South Wales has caused outrage with nearly 30,000 people signing a petition to bring them back
A recent decision to remove speed camera warning signs in New South Wales has caused outrage with nearly 30,000 people signing a petition to bring them back.
Fines handed out to NSW drivers have soared by 525 per cent since the removal of the ‘Speed Camera Ahead’ signs that were previously required to be placed 250m before the camera.
High-visibility stickers on police camera vehicles have also been removed which the Change.org petition claims is causing some drivers to ‘slam their brakes on at the sight of a white wagon minding its own business, almost causing a pile up’.