Motorists fume over fake speed camera
A FAKE speed camera van photographed near Dreamworld on the Gold Coast has sparked online uproar.
A photograph of the vehicle was posted to the Facebook group "Gold Coast Radar Trap and RBT Locations", attracting more than 110 shares and 80 comments in a matter of hours.
The rear of the van displays the words "Safe Driving saves lives" under a banner for Verto Kitchens.
Initially commenters to the post were outraged that it was a sneaky ploy by police to catch speeding motorists.
But then, others were outraged when that was revealed not to be the case - rather that it was a quirky gimmick by a Gold Coast kitchen renovation company.
One commenter, Joseph Gipp, who said he worked for Verto, wrote that the "vans are themed for advertising".
Matthew Holmes commented that the van was a "stitchup". "Not a camera. Not even cops," he wrote.
Bobby Matijevic shared a picture of the fake speed camera van writing that it was "un-Australian" and "unimpressive".
He claimed he would be boycotting Verto Kitchens.
"Pretty unsafe to be distracting people with all the garbage splattered all over that van parked next to a busy main road," Mr Matijevic wrote.
"Verto Kitchens think they are pretty funny with this fake speed camera van in Coomera, they think this is a great marketing technique and will boost new year sales, I disagree."
Social media users slammed the position of the speed camera.
"Ludicrous … Seriously, could I park on that bicycle path and not get booked or towed away?," Ron Warmington wrote on Facebook.