Bagshot speed signs defended

ORIGINAL STORY: Speeding fine dismissed

VICROADS says an inspection of speed signs approaching a Bagshot speed camera confirmed they were clearly visible.

The signs that mark a change from 100km/h to 80km/h on the Midland Highway have been at the centre of a debate after a Melbourne resident successfully contested a speeding fine issued at the site.

Simon Crawford had his $282 fine and court costs dismissed after arguing there was a lack of visibility for the signs that were shrouded by trees.

VicRoads Northern Victoria regional director Mal Kersting said staff reviewed the 80km/h signs late last year.

"Our inspection of the site last year confirmed that all signage was compliant and is clearly visible on each approach to the railway crossing," he said.

Mr Kersting said there were large warning signs installed on both approaches advising of the presence of speed cameras. 

"VicRoads regularly undertakes routine inspections of this and other sites in the region to ensure they are operating safely," he said.

"It is not appropriate for VicRoads to comment on any court decisions for traffic offences."

The speed limit change was introduced at the level crossing in 2008 as part of a statewide program that implemented 80km/h speed zones on railway crossings on arterial and local sealed roads.

Mr Kersting said part of that upgrade was introducing large oversized (‘C’ type) signs, supported by repeater (‘B’ type) signs. 

Dr Crawford argued in court he was within the road rules by travelling at the default speed of 100km/h across the railway lines.

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