Footpath speed cameras legal despite social media outcry

A police speed camera van on Hume St in Toowoomba.
A police speed camera van on Hume St in Toowoomba. Facebook

POLICE have come under fire on social media for basing speed camera vans on footpaths, but under Queensland laws, they are doing nothing wrong.

Several photos have been circulated on Facebook and Twitter this week showing speed camera vans set up on footpaths across Toowoomba.

One was taken in Hume St about 3.30pm earlier this week.

Bloggers hit out at the use of the "nature strip", claiming it is illegal.

"They'll fine you for doing the same," one commentator on Facebook said.

However, Queensland Police Media says section 305 of the Transport Operations  Regulation 2009 provides exemptions for police vehicle.

That exemption applies if the driver is taking reasonable care and "it is reasonable that the provision should not apply".


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