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11 highest-earning traffic cameras in NSW

Samantha Menzies
Senior editor – Finance
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The NSW state government is raking in huge sums of cash from traffic cameras, with several Sydney streets earning millions of dollars per year.

A recent Daily Telegraph exclusive revealed how much money Sydney roads made from its speed and red light cameras between September 2017-September 2018.

The state’s most notorious speed camera facing north on the Eastern Distributor northbound at Darlinghurst raised a whopping $4,561,403 in the past year followed closely by the camera facing east on George Street at Haymarket which pulled in $4,104,456, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Stacey Street, Bankstown and Elizabeth Street in the CBD both raised more than $3 million while seven Sydney roads made upwards of $2 million.

11 highest-earning traffic cameras in NSW (12 months to September 2018)

CAMERA REVENUE
EASTERN DISTRIBUTOR DARLINGHURST NORTHBOUND $4,561,403
GEORGE STREET HAYMARKET EASTBOUND $4,104,456
ELIZABETH STREET SYDNEY NORTHBOUND $3,599,062
STACEY STREET BANKSTOWN NORTHBOUND $3,465,568
CROSS CITY TUNNEL EAST SYDNEY WESTBOUND $2,796,966
HUME HIGHWAY LIVERPOOL SOUTHBOUND $2,642,765
WOODVILLE ROAD GRANVILLE NORTHBOUND $2,625,288
FALCON STREET NEUTRAL BAY WESTBOUND $2,568,200
RYDE ROAD WEST PYMBLE SOUTHBOUND $2,494,566
LANE COVE TUNNEL LANE COVE WEST WESTBOUND $2,474,584
GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY MOUNT VICTORIA WESTBOUND $2,286,794

Source: The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph said data of all speed and red light cameras across the state between January and September last year shows 442,720 motorists were fined an average of $314 for each offence.

The fine for running a red light is $405 and the loss of three demerit points. Speeding fines start at $119 for motorists doing less than 10km/h over the limit.

Among the consistently highest-revenue cameras are northbound in Elizabeth St, Sydney where motorists paid out $2,669,195.

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