Camera detected penalty notices

Demerit points and fines are given for driving offences captured on camera.

It helps to understand the process if you receive a camera detected penalty notice. This information will also help you to: 

  • view or request camera photos of an offence in your name
  • transfer a vehicle offence to the person responsible
  • understand how the cameras work.

Revenue NSW does not manage the NSW camera system. To find out more, contact Roads and Maritime Service.

Camera photos of the offence

If you are the person named on the penalty notice, or have a lawful interest in the matter, you can view the photo of the offence free-of-charge online.

The camera is aimed at the vehicle and registration plate. The photo is not intended to, and may not, identify the driver.

If you go to court, digital camera images will be provided at court hearings. They include a security indicator to confirm they have not been altered.

Purchasing an office copy of the photo

Write to us to request an office copy of the photo. Include your penalty notice number, with a cheque or money order for $10 sent to:

Revenue NSW
Photo Requests
PO Box 786
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Be aware that office copy photos requested in this way are not accepted as evidence in court.

What if it wasn’t me?

Penalty notices for camera detected offences are sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.

If you were not in charge of your vehicle when the offence took place, you are obliged to transfer the offence to the person responsible. Time limits apply for you to transfer the offence and you can be charged if you falsely nominate someone.

Read more on how to Name the person responsible.

What happens when the fine is paid?

When the fine is paid, Revenue NSW notifies Roads and Maritime Services to apply the appropriate number of demerit points for the offence to the person named on the penalty notice. During the process, we follow strict privacy regulations to keep personal information secure.

Warning: Do not make payment if the person named on the penalty notice was not in charge of the vehicle at the time of the offence. This may result in demerit points being applied to the wrong person’s traffic record. Instead, you should complete a statutory declaration nominating the person responsible. If you pay the fine before the fine is transferred to the person responsible, it may result in an additional fine being issued for Failure to Nominate.

How the cameras work

Speed, red light and bus lane cameras are located throughout NSW. Cameras operate day and night and are only activated when an offence occurs.

Speed cameras

Speed cameras accurately measure the speed of vehicles using:

  • approved electronic sensors, which monitor multiple lanes of traffic in both directions, embedded in the road surface; or

  • a camera, which monitors multiple lanes of traffic in both directions, attached to a radar unit.

If a vehicle is detected speeding, a digital image is recorded that clearly shows the vehicle's type, number plate, speed, direction and lane of travel. It also records the time, date, place and speed limit.

Red light cameras

Individual sensors monitor each lane of travel.

A vehicle must cross over the stop line after the light has turned red to activate the camera, which takes an image of the rear of the vehicle.

A second image is recorded to confirm the vehicle has travelled into the intersection. The camera records the time, date and place of the offence.

Bus lane cameras

A bus lane camera zone consists of two digital cameras installed beside a bus lane and mounted more than 100 metres apart. The cameras can read the number plate of any vehicle using these lanes. Both cameras need to detect the number plate of an unauthorised vehicle within an expected time period for a penalty notice to be generated.

T-way lane cameras

T-way lanes have a camera installed beside the lane. Only authorised vehicles may use dedicated T-way lanes. The camera records three images of any unauthorised vehicle using a T-way lane.

Point-to-point cameras

Point-to-point enforcement works by measuring the time it takes a vehicle to travel between two points and then calculates the average speed of the vehicle. If the vehicle’s average speed is higher than the speed limit for the length of the road, the driver has committed an offence.

Safety cameras

Safety cameras use digital technology that is capable of detecting both red light and speeding offences at the same location.

Requests for leniency

Generally, Revenue NSW cannot consider leniency for certain offences where safety is an issue. These include:

  • speeding offences at 20 km/h over the speed limit

  • demerit point offences in school zones

  • where multiple offences are issued from one camera incident. For example, where a red light and a speed penalty notice are both issued because of one detected incident.

  • Red light offences

Read more about requesting a review of the offence.

Last updated: 19 December 2017