NRMA warns against removing speed camera warning signs

Earlier today (Monday) the Guardian News sent a question to the NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, regarding the this morning's NSW Government's announcement that it was considering the removal of speed camera signs.

We asked why this was necessary?

No answer has been forthcoming, however the reaction from NRMA, NSW peak motoring body, has been swift, warning against the removal of "crucial" speed camera signs.

Peter Khoury, spokesman for the NRMA, told AAP the signs were "necessary and essential" as part of efforts to prevent road deaths.

"The warning signs act as a crucial education tool to alert motorists that they're driving in dangerous locations where people have been killed or injured and obviously what we want them to do is slow down," he said.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the government would consider the removal of speed camera warning signs, referring to expert evidence which claimed 54 lives a year could be saved without signs.

Speaking on Sunday, he said the government would "consider any advice that tells us we can save lives".

Following Mr Khoury's comments, a spokesman for Mr Constance said the NSW government had a "strong road safety record" and added there had been no change to government policy.

Mr Khoury had no doubt that removing signs would result in more fines and said any revenue raised should go back into road safety.

He said putting more police on the roads would make a "huge difference" to safety, rather than the removal of warning signs.

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