System errors meant that 10 speed camera violation notices were issued with the wrong date. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT government will conduct an independent review of its radar network management system to ensure that the leap year error that resulted in a contravention being challenged in court is not repeated.

Access Canberra said the error occurred last year between February 29 and March 16, when a system error meant violation notices ignored the 2020 leap year.

Violation notices were issued by 10 speed cameras with an incorrect date, but photographs of all speeding incidents detected were time-stamped correctly and were available for viewing, and the cameras measured speed correctly at all times , he says.

The system error, which occurred due to a third-party vendor system failure, was quickly corrected once identified, but a total of 623 violation notices were issued with an incorrect date, and 75 remain unresolved.

Internal memos show that a decision to uphold the advisories and not reissue them due to concerns about the impact it might have on road safety messages was incorrect.

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In January 2021, Access Canberra wrote to everyone who received an affected violation notice to explain the system error and confirm that the notices were legally valid and enforceable.

But Braidwood retiree Dennis Levy challenged the speeding ticket in court and won, arguing that the Road Traffic Authority’s refusal to withdraw and reissue the violation within the 28-day period made it invalid .

Access Canberra says those who still haven’t processed their ticket should contact Access Canberra or choose to take the matter to court.

It says the 75 unresolved cases are in various stages of enforcement, including license or registration suspension, suspension warning, and issuance of the offense notice to another party as a result. a statement that the registered owner of the vehicle was not driving it at the time of the offense.

Access Canberra is now commissioning an independent system audit to provide additional assurance that any issues with recording the time and date on violation notices have been fully rectified and the results will be made public.

This follows assurance from the system vendor that the “leap year” system error will not occur again and that the offense penalty notices issued to motorists caught speeding contain the correct information. .

The technical issue has cast a shadow over the speed camera network, but the government says the ACT community can continue to trust the territory’s road safety radar system.

“All ACT road safety cameras are tested every 12 months. This helps ensure that they continue to perform well and remain accurate to manufacturer specifications, ”he says.

“Speed ​​continues to be a major contributor to road accident trauma. ACT’s road safety camera network is an essential tool in preventing speeding and unsafe driving practices, which put the community at risk and greatly contribute to injuries and deaths on ACT roads.


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