Queensland to hike speeding fines a further four per cent

Queensland to hike speeding fines a further four per cent

If you get caught speeding in Queensland, it’s set to cost you even more in the coming months.

Queensland’s government announced that from July 1, the fine for road infringements is going up more than four per cent.

“We need to ensure the deterrent effect of penalties and fines remains current, and people who break the law do not get a free ride,” Queensland treasurer Cameron Dick said.

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While the state government promised not to hike vehicle registration renewals this year, traffic infringements are a different story.

Being caught less than 11 kilometres over the limit will now cost $322.

Drivers caught on their phone will be slugged more than $1200.

Speeding more than 40 kilometres over the limit will soon incur a fine of close to $1900.

“The simplest and easy way for someone not to pay a fine, indexed or otherwise is to obey the law,” Dick said.

Jarrod Bleijie, the state’s deputy opposition leader, said that issues remained with the state’s road revenue collection.

“We’ve seen the botched rollout of the seatbelt camera detection system where the government have issued fines where fines shouldn’t have been issued,” Bleijie said.

“What Queenslanders want to know is whether those fees and charges are going back to road safety and maintenance of road programs.”

Queensland’s state treasury counts on the revenue it generates from speeding fines.

It’s predicted to take in more than $850 million next financial year.

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