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Red Light Speed Camera – Can I be booked for speeding when travelling through a green light?

Red Light Camera

It seems everywhere you look in Sydney, there are cameras at intersections. Some of these cameras are Red Light only, whilst others are both Speed and Red Light cameras. This blog will answer some frequently asked questions in relation to the newer Red Light Speed Cameras.


Red-light speed cameras capture both red-light and speeding offences at all times, 24hours a day. The cameras are calibrated to detect any vehicle that runs a red light or exceeds the speed limit at any time. The speed camera is in use at any time, no matter the colour of the light, which means, even if the light is yellow or green, the speed camera is in use.

There is quite a bit of confusion around yellow light offences. It is common practice for drivers to speed up at a yellow light to make it through before the light turns red. RLSC were invented to address this issue. It is important to note that under the Road Rules 2014 (NSW) section 57 there are a number of offences relating to yellow lights:


A driver approaching or at traffic lights showing a yellow traffic light must stop:

  • If there is a stop line at or near the traffic lights and the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line–as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
  • if there is no stop line at or near the traffic lights and the driver can stop safely before reaching the traffic lights–as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic lights, or
  • if the traffic lights are at an intersection and the driver cannot stop safely in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), but can stop safely before entering the intersection–before entering the intersection, and must not proceed past the stop line or nearest or only traffic lights, or into the intersection (as the case may be), until the traffic lights show a green or flashing yellow traffic light or no traffic light.


According to Transport NSW, there are approximately 180 RLSC’s currently in use in NSW, with more rollouts scheduled. The locations for these cameras can be viewed here on the Transport NSW’s site.

All intersections that have RLSC’s installed should be clearly signposted on approach to the intersection. The sign needs to display both the speed limit and text RED LIGHT SPEED CAMERA AHEAD’. If the intersection does not have the correct signage, this may provide you with some defence to the offence.


The accuracy of these cameras is quite good, and proving that the camera was faulty or inaccurate may require expert testimony to rebut the evidence. This is not impossible but can be a costly exercise without guarantee of success. RLSC’s record the following details:

  • Digital image of the offence;
  • Location, time and date;
  • Direction of travel and lane;
  • Speed and speed limit; and
  • Registration plate of vehicle.

If you can show the court that there is some error in any of these important details, there may be an opportunity to have the charge dismissed.

If you have been charged with a RLSC offence, or any other driving matter, please contact Armstrong Legal on 1300 168 676 for an obligation free consultation to discuss your matter and establish your best defence.

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Written by Tyson Brown on January 4, 2019

Tyson has a down to earth, straightforward approach to life and the law, one which is well received by all who meet him. Tyson has the ability to relate to all clients on a personal level, having spent many years prior to his legal career in customer service and hospitality. View Tyson's profile

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