FINE FIGHTER: Glenn Massey, of Ballina, is heading to court to contest several fines he received after passing the speed camera
FINE FIGHTER: Glenn Massey, of Ballina, is heading to court to contest several fines he received after passing the speed camera

I will fight RTA in court

GLENN MASSEY is sick with worry after news he may lose his licence and have to pay $3000 in fines now the RTA has come out and said the St Helena Hill speed camera was accurate. He is one of more than 500 motorists caught speeding past the camera this year, some more than once. Most of them had hoped their fines would be quashed. Most complained to local MP Don Page, pleading for his help. But because of the RTA's ruling, all of them will now have to pay their fines or face a court appearance. Mr Massey said he had been driving that stretch of highway each day to work on the Gold Coast from his home in Ballina for the past 19 months and had copped the fines within a six-week period from April 26. "Three of them were on consecutive days," he said. Mr Massey said he would contest the fines in Mullumbimby Court on October 25. "I am not guilty of them. I know that for a fact," he said. "The fines happened just in that six-week period and only in the northbound lane, none before and none after. "If I lose my licence I am history." Mr Massey said he would have to give away his job on the Gold Coast as a vehicle body builder and first-class welder. "I've got a mortgage and I am a single parent," he said. "I can't move to be closer to my work because then I would not have access to my children. "I can't sleep and my health is suffering. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated because I can't see a way out and I won't plead guilty because I was not speeding." A spokeswoman for MP Don Page said NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal had confirmed the fines, more than 800, would stand now the RTA has said the camera was accurate. She said Mr Page was told the camera was checked by the RTA five times between March 28 and July 2 and each time it was in working order. Coorabell resident Ron Fidler said as a disabled driver it is critical he retained his licence but has only eight points left on his licence since he was detected speeding by the camera twice since April. Mr Fidler appeared in The Northern Star in July talking about his belief that the speed camera was dodgy and has since received more than 800 phone calls from local and interstate drivers who have also received fines.



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