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A former New South Wales Roads Minister believes the removal of warning signs near mobile speed camera was the wrong decision.

Duncan Gay, who spoke at a NSW inquiry for mobile speed camera enforcement programs this week, said the signs encouraged safer driver behaviour.

The inquiry is looking into recent changes in the program, including increased enforcement hours, reduced high visibility livery on vehicles and removing warning signs.

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He said while the intention to remove the signs appeared positive, the warning signs deterred bad driver behaviour.

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"It's not only the signs before and after, it was the signs that were on the car," he told Ben Fordham on 2GB.

"I've always believed that a policeman in a marked police car is a better deterrent than an unmarked police car.

"People driving the opposite way were able to see (marked camera cars) and think, 'These guys are out there - I better behave'."

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The government announced in November 2020 mobile speed camera warning signs would be removed under the state's road safety laws.

However, this decision was overturned in August this year, after more than $21 million in revenue was collected.

After a review by the Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety, it was announced more than 1000 new warning signs will be erected.

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Mr Gay said the issue was about road safety rather than raising revenue and the funds raised from fines went directly back into road safety.

"They've never been raising revenue, it goes into road safety," he told 2GB.

"It's better to keep people on side and keep the community on side because the mobile cameras, they're a good reason not to speed."

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said the warning signs promoted safe driving behaviour.

"The signs are an important deterrent, they act as an educational tool and ultimately, they slow people down," Mr Khoury said.

Mr Khoury said one of the benefits of the speed cameras was that it notified drivers of speed limits, particularly in suburban areas.

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