Receiving a speeding or red-light infringement notice is never a pleasant experience, especially if you're running tight on demerit points.
Too often, the first indication you've been pinged by a speed camera is when the fine arrives in the post, leaving you with a sinking feeling – especially if you'd just thanked your lucky stars to have finally cleared some annoying costs from your plate. Always the way...
However, there are instances where you may see a flash in the rear-view mirror or notice the tell-tale equipment on the front of that SUV parked on the side of the road.
Can I find out if I've been caught speeding before the fine arrives in the mail?
Unfortunately, there's no surefire way to do this. When a speed or red-light camera detects a possible infringement, there is a process in place before a fine is issued.
How long does it take to receive a speed-camera fine?
The average time to receive a speed-camera fine is about two weeks in most states, but it can take up to 28 days in NSW, and in Tasmania, you could receive one electronically in as little as four days.
If you're still concerned that you may have been caught, you might be able to check for any outstanding issued fines in some states. In NSW, you can use the Service NSW app, but most other states require a phone call to the relevant department if you don't have an infringement reference number.
In some cases, the first indication that you have received a traffic camera fine is when you receive a reminder or final notice. These often come with a late-payment penalty and provide less time to pay. If this happens to you, don't panic; there are provisions to explain the situation or appeal.
All in all, while there's no certain way to know for certain if you've been caught on a traffic camera before the fine arrives, being aware of the process can help ease the anxiety that comes with the anticipation of receiving an infringement notice.