Aussies call out roadside speed camera vehicle for 'ripping up' lawn

It's the latest in a long list of seemingly questionable parking acts from speed detection cameras on Australian roads.

A speed camera warning sign in front of deep track marks on the nature strip (left) and the speed detection camera parked on the grass (right).
A mobile speed camera vehicle was called out for damaging a nature strip in Sydney. Source: Facebook

Drivers have been left less than impressed after a mobile speed camera was called out for "ripping up" nature strips and leaving deep tyre tracks in their wake while setting up to catch speeding motorists.

A speed detection vehicle was spotted this week on a busy road in Lindfield in Sydney's north and a local admitted she was riled up after constantly seeing cars stationed there, causing a "mess of mud" on the strip of grass by the roadside, likely made worse from recent wet weather.

"How do we stop these speed checking cars from parking on the green verge?" she questioned online. "Surely they can check our speed from a legally parked car on the road?"

Her complaint opened the door for other Aussies to share their frustration, with one joking that traffic officers had to "raise revenue" in order to fix the grass they "chewed up" in the process. Others said rather than inflicting further damage, the state government should be focussing on potholes and other road deficiencies.

It's not the first time Aussies have been riled up by the parking choices of a speed detection vehicle, with several around Sydney being accused of choosing "sneaky" locations over recent months. There has been several claims that mobile speed cameras have purposefully hidden behind parked cars on a highway in Kingswood so it's tricky for drivers to detect, while another in the city's west caused frustration after a speed camera warning sign was placed behind wheelie bin on the side of the kerb.

A NSW roadside speed camera warning sign positioned behind a pair of wheelie bins in suburban Sydney.
One road user recently complained they could barely see the speed camera warning sign behind the wheelie bins on a suburban street in Sydney. Source: Facebook

Despite the local believing the speed detection camera was in the wrong, a number of government vehicles are actually permitted to drive and park on nature strips, such as mobile speed cameras, AusPost workers and road maintenance vehicles.

In April a Gold Coast resident was furious when an AusPost worker drove over his front lawn on a motorbike, causing visible damage. However as long as the worker didn't intentionally cause damage then they technically weren't breaking any rules by driving on the grass. The same legislation applies to the speed detection vehicle in Lindfield.

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