New average speed safety cameras rolling out across Auckland roads

New average speed safety cameras are about to roll out across some of Auckland's roads.
New average speed safety cameras are about to roll out across some of Auckland's roads. Photo credit: Getty Images

New safety cameras are about to be put in place on streets across Auckland with an initiative from Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport.

The cameras will be put in place on six roads, with installations expected to begin in October.

The safety cameras are able to calculate the average speed a vehicle travels across a length of road between two cameras. 

Research shows that the cameras, which are commonly used internationally, are more effective than single-location cameras and can reduce the number of people killed or injured on roads by more than 50 percent. 

Waka Kotahi's head of regulatory strategic programmes Tara Macmillan said in addition to being more effective at lowering speeds and reducing crashes, the new cameras also allow drivers to adjust their travel speeds to avoid being fined.

"When operating in average speed mode, drivers are only ticketed if their average travel speed over the entire distance between the two cameras is over the limit - they can't be 'pinged' by a single camera," Macmillan said.

The new cameras will be "clearly sign-posted" to give people a reminder to check their speed and slow down if needed.

"No matter what causes a crash, speed is always a factor in its severity."

Auckland Transport's executive general manager Stacey van der Putten said it's great to be able to install the new cameras.

 "Safe speeds are vital in protecting everyone who uses our roads. These cameras will play an important part in encouraging safe travel speeds and safer driver behaviour," she said.

"Ultimately, it's another piece of the road safety puzzle coming together that can help us reduce the number of people being killed and seriously injured on Auckland roads."

The safety cameras will be installed on sections of six roads in Auckland with a high crash risk due to road layout and current travel speeds.

  • Matakana Road in Warkworth
  • Kahikatea Flat Road in Dairy Flat
  • East Coast Road in Redvale
  • Whitford Road in Shamrock Park
  • Glenbrook Road in Karaka
  • Glenbrook Road in Glenbrook

Site construction for camera installation on Matakana Road will get underway this month, with testing beginning in December.

The cameras will operate in test mode for approximately three months, before being switched to enforcement mode in mid-2024.