THE Department of Justice has defended a Bagshot speed camera and says its high number of infringements reflects driver patterns in the area.
University of Melbourne research fellow Simon Crawford has argued the camera does not meet a number of road compliance issues and could be ruled unlawful.
Mr Crawford said he believed there were problems with signage and speed zone distances surrounding the camera at the level crossing of Midland Highway.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which is responsible for fixed speed cameras, said infringements were issued to motorists who did not obey the posted speed limits.
“The volume of infringements issued from the Eastbound and Westbound cameras reflect driver patterns of behaviour,” he said. “Infringements are issued to motorists who are not obeying the posted speed limits and where the infringement has met the two-stage verification processes associated with the fixed road safety cameras.”
The spokesman said VicRoads was the primary agency responsible for the Road Safety Act and as such had carriage of the majority of legislation related to road safety.
Between January and March this year the Bagshot camera issued an average of 37.5 fines a day, reaping $831, 493.