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Red-light fine overturned due to amber timing mistake

Posted by: 3AW News and Michael James | 21 September, 2012 - 9:35 AM
<b>RUMOUR FILE CONFIRMED:</b> Red light fine overturned.

RUMOUR FILE CONFIRMED: Vicroads has blamed a breakdown in communications for not changing a traffic signal setting at a major intersection at Melbourne Airport.

Motorist Gordon Bishop found the lights at the intersection of Terminal Drive and Centre Road stayed on amber less than 3-seconds even though the requirement for a 50km zone is 3.5 seconds.

Vicroads admits the speed limit was changed in November 2010 but they were not notified until February this year.

Question marks will now be over every red-light fine that was issued by that camera over the 15-month period while the timings were incorrect.

Neil Mitchell says the implications of the mistake could be vast.

“They will have to refund every red-light ticket over that 15-months, which could be 10,000 people, fines of $2.5 million. You could have people who lost their license because of this,”

"Another kicker to this, quite apart from the fact you've got this almighty stuff up, is that Vicroads discovered this in February... 8-months ago,"

"The second-highest earning redlight camera in the state and it requires a call to our Breakfast program, after a man has gone to court, for you to know" Neil Mitchell argued.

VicRoads chief executive officer Gary Liddle has blamed a breakdown in communication as the reason for the mistake.

"We need to work through these, and make sure our processes are better. It's very dissappointing that this has happened" Mr Liddle told Neil Mitchell

LISTEN HERE: Gary Liddle speaks with Neil Mitchell

Earlier this morning the motorist who raised the issue, Gordon Bishop, told Ross and John that he took the timing information to the judge who overturned the fine.

"I took (to Court) a letter that was written to me my by Signal services west, a branch of Vicroads, that they had made an error and the speed times had been altered,"

"And since I notified them they had incresed the yellow cycle time to 3.5 seconds" Mr Bishop told Ross and John.

Have you received a red-light fine at the intersection?

Let us know below.

LISTEN HERE: Gordon Bishop speaks with Ross and John

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Blog comments Your Say

  • I just received one of these the other day. Driving for 45 years, the odd ticket for exceeding "just" the speed limit, and one for not wearing a seat belt, I basically have a clean slate. I am not nor have i been one to run lights.
    The question now is how does one question a system that considers itself to be above questioning ?
    Or is it just a matter of having to accept being an exploitable taxable commodity at every turn? whist hoons and drunks endanger lives as repeat offender and appear never to be held accountable.

    Sal Saturday 4 January, 2014 - 9:04 PM
  • My husband got fine for 1.3 sec red light and we did not think we went through the red light.

    Linda Saturday 30 November, 2013 - 8:57 PM
  • ust recieved a fine for beating a red light at the intersection of somerville rd and Geelong Rd . My elapsed time on red was recorded as 0.6sec. And its $352 and 3 points! On a saturday 16:40pm. Is this fine for real? Anyone else has this fine?

    Phuong Truong Tuesday 11 June, 2013 - 10:38 AM
  • My husband who does not go through red lights was given a fine for going through the red light at Springvale and Lower Dandenong Rd also so there maybe an issue, does anyone know if this is worth fighting this fine, 1.3 secs elapsed seems a bit quick to me?

    Paula Newman Tuesday 9 April, 2013 - 3:24 PM
  • I too have just moved to Victoria and just received my first fine in 20 years of driving. $352 and 3 points as well

    Daran Murphy Monday 11 February, 2013 - 1:28 PM
  • I have recently moved to Victoria and just recieved a fine of $352 and 3 demerit points for running a red light at Springvale and Lower Dandenong Road. Have been driving responsibly for 25 years and never had this happen before. Shocked, was only about the third car from the front. Has anyone else had a problem with these lights? Really resent paying but is it worth the grief of fighting the system?

    Danielle Wednesday 6 February, 2013 - 3:48 PM

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