Do Mobile Speed Cameras Flash?

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Mobile Speed Cameras in NSW can either be equipped with a visible flash or an invisible infrared flash, depending on the specific camera model being used.


Whether a mobile speed camera flashes during the day or night will depend on the type of flash it is using. If the camera is using a visible flash, it will likely be visible during both the day and night. However, if it is using an infrared flash, it will be invisible to the human eye and will not be noticeable during the day.


It’s worth noting that some newer camera models are designed to operate without a visible flash, instead relying on infrared technology to capture images, making them harder to detect by motorists. Mobile speed cameras undergo thorough and frequent testing, certification, and calibration to comply with legal standards. This regular testing guarantees the continued precision of the mobile cameras.


Furthermore, these speed cameras operate at different locations and the camera locations are usually random. That is, its capability to operate from a car, allows it to be operated from any NSW roads anytime.

Do Mobile Speed Cameras Flash during the Day?

As stated earlier, it really depends on the type of camera and device used by the specific camera cars. If it is using an infrared flash, it will be invisible to the naked eye and the flash will not be visible to you. These cameras are equipped on mobile speed camera vehicles.

Do Mobile Speed Cameras Flash at Night in NSW?

Similarly, whether mobile speed cameras flash at night in NSW largely depends on type of camera and device used by the specific camera cars. If it is using an infrared flash, it will be invisible to the naked eye and the flash will not be visible to you even at night.

What is a Mobile Speed Camera NSW?

The NSW State Government declared in March 2010 its plan to implement cutting-edge Mobile Speed Cameras throughout NSW to capture and punish a greater number of drivers. These cameras are a component of a $170 million splurge of taxpayer funds by the government.


The Mobile Speed Cameras are equipped to capture and document the speed, date, time, and location of the violating vehicle, along with a snapshot of it. The State Debt Recovery Office will handle the processing of infringement notices. The Mobile Speed Cameras will not be overseen by NSW Police or the RTA. Instead, a private company has been contracted by the RTA to manage the cameras’ operation.

Do Mobile Speed Cameras Work in both Directions in NSW?

Mobile Speed Cameras in NSW are capable of detecting speeding vehicles travelling in both directions on multi-lane roads. However, on single-lane roads, the cameras can only monitor one direction at a time.

How Far Away Do Mobile Speed Cameras Work in NSW?

The range at which mobile speed cameras can detect speeding vehicles in NSW can vary depending on the specific camera model and location. However, in general, these cameras can detect and capture the speed of vehicles at distances of up to several hundred meters away. It’s important to note that the effectiveness of mobile speed cameras in capturing speeding motorists can be affected by various factors, such as weather conditions and the surrounding environment.

Penalties for Speeding in NSW

There are various penalties for speeding in NSW. They are;


Speeding Offence

Demerit Points

Light Vehicles (maximum fine)

Suspension period

Not more than 10 km/h (in school zone)



No licence suspension

More than 10 km/h but not more than 20 km/h (in school zone)



No licence suspension

More than 20 km/h but not more than 30 km/h (in school zone)



No licence suspension

More than 30 km/h but not more than 45 km/h (in school zone)



Minimum 3 months

More than 45 km/h (in a school zone)



Minimum 6 months

Legal Advice for Mobile Speed Camera NSW Offences

In the event that you were not the driver of the vehicle during the offence, you are required to complete the statutory declaration form provided with the penalty notice and provide the driver’s name and information. There is a time limit for you to do this and if you fail to nominate the driver, the law considers you were the driver responsible. Accordingly, it is important this form be submitted to Revenue NSW by you.


If you do receive the and were the driver of the car, to avoid serious consequences, it is crucial to pay a speeding fine by the deadline. The Fines Act 1996 (NSW), Part 3, specifies that failure to pay a fine can result in severe outcomes.


If a speeding fine remains unpaid by the due date, Revenue NSW will send a penalty reminder notice. The offender must pay the fine and the penalty within 28 days. If the offender does not pay the fine, an overdue fine notice will be issued, with an additional overdue payment of $65. Non-payment of the fine will result in further consequences, such as an enforcement order to recover the debt.


Our team of traffic lawyers in Sydney are available to offer advice if you have received an infringement notice from a Mobile Speed Camera and require assistance.


We possess a wealth of knowledge in Traffic Law, as well as expertise in Speed Camera, Radar, Lidar, and other traffic-related offences, and are available to discuss any such concerns you may have.

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