Speed cameras: on Melbourne’s freeway network you normally find them hiding behind bridges or hanging from overhead sign gantries, but on the Monash Freeway a different type of speed camera has been installed.
Located on the Monash Freeway where the speed limit changes from 80 km/h to 100 km/h, just south of the High Street exit, the new cameras have been installed on both the inbound and outbound lanes.
Each installation consists of two overhead gantries, each having four cameras fitted to it – presumably one per lane.
The cameras are pointed inwards towards the detection loops, enabling images to be captured of both the front and rear registration places of speeding cars.
An article titled “Safer cameras on the Monash” on the Victoria Government “Cameras Save Lives” website has the following to say on the new speed cameras:
June 28, 2013
A new pole is set to be erected on the Monash Freeway near Karana Place in Glen Iris. This large pole is the site for a new road safety camera, which will be up and running soon.
The pole that this camera is mounted on isn’t the usual kind we have in Victoria though. It’s a mechanism that’s the first of its kind in Australia, and it’s come all the way from England.
This new type of pole (a ‘Crown VMC Pole’) is an achievement in safety and efficiency. The pole has a mechanism that means it can be wound back from the road when the camera is undergoing maintenance.
This ability to wind back from the road means that traffic won’t need to be disrupted for routine maintenance, and normal traffic flow can continue. It’s also safer for camera maintenance workers, who will no longer need to work up high, as the camera can be brought down to a workable level.
Keep an eye out for this new structure on the Monash, as it’s the first site that doesn’t require working at heights, and we hope to see more of them.
I’m sure most motorists disagree with the “hope to see more of them” line!