Sydney motorists seem to be a bit rowdy, with more than a few UTE signs in Sydney being ignored, with the NSW government fully aware of the fact, and taking advantage of that.
Back in 2015, the NSW local government managed to raise a whopping $223M from speeding fines alone, with a vast majority of that coming from fixed speed traps, instead of police bookings. Data handled by the newspaper, The Guardian, shows that the highest gains, and, most offenders, are the drivers in Sydney’s Eastern and Western suburbs.
The figures from the government shows that the number of fines , keeping track of the drivers fined and their postcode. These figures were then adjusted to determine to number of fines per driver based on area, which was then used to discover the postcodes that have the most instances of drivers being fined for speeding.
There’s more than just the behaviour of drivers which lead to the frequency of speeding fines. Other factors such as the availability of public transport, distribution and density of speed camera traps, location of police units and checkpoint, and proximity to major roads, all have impact on the number and frequency of fines given to drivers.
In terms of fines and UTE signs in Sydney being ignored, the five suburbs in the state with the most speeding fines are Sydney CBD, Western Sydney’s Silverwater, Eastern Sydney’s Double Bay, Inner-Eastern’s Ultimo, and the West’s Auburn.
In 2015, the 20 suburbs with the most speeding fines:
|· Alexandria (2015)||· Sydney (2000)||· Silverwater (2128)||· Double Bay (2028)||· Ultimo (2007)|
|· Auburn (2144)||· Yennora, Guilford (2161)||· Granville (2142)||· Merrylands (2160)||· Bondi Beach (2026)|
|· Woollahra (2025)||· Waterloo (2017)||· Parramatta (2150)||· Greenacre (219)||· Bondi Junction (2022)|
|· Lakemba (2195)||· Coogee (2034)||· Villawood (2163)||· Bankstown (2200)||· Rhodes (2138)|
Statewide, the NSW government 2015 acquired 5% more fines from 2014 to 2015, from AU$212M to approximately $223M, with the majority coming from speed camera fines, which increased by 6% from AU$151M to approximately $160M. The total number of fines issued increased in accordance with the increase of drivers at the same time frame, which went up by 2% to 791,429.
Regional areas on average charged higher for fines, with the highest average value (per postcode) sitting at $558 in 2015.