Traffic fines to increase by 3.5% and may increase every year
EXPECT to pay more if you're fined for breaking the law behind the wheel.
State Parliament has passed new legislation which means Treasurer Tim Nicholls has the power to increase the cost of penalty points by at least 3.5% each year.
The move has been tagged as a pure revenue raising ploy. But Mackay residents have come out in favour of lawbreakers being hit harder in the hip pocket.
The Daily Mercury's Facebook friends agreed with Mr Bleijie's comments in Parliament - that if you don't do the wrong thing, you don't have to worry about it.
Danyell Melville posted: "Don't do the crime... then there's no need to worry about the fine or such things as revenue raising."
And Karina Rohdmann wrote: "The higher the cost the harder it is to afford to break the rules."
One penalty unit currently equates to a $110 fine. A penalty unit (PU) is a set amount of money used to work out each fine. For example, the penalty for driving without due care and attention-a hooning offence-is a maximum of 40 penalty units or six months imprisonment; therefore, the maximum fine for the offence is $4400. But each year that fine can now be increased by 3.5%.
Mr Bleijie said the increase was to keep Queensland in line with other states, where fines had been indexed.
"Unlike Victoria, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, the value of the penalty unit in Queensland was not indexed," he said.
"Without periodic increases in the value of the penalty unit, the intended deterrent or punishment effect of monetary penalties would have been reduced."
- At least 13kmh but not more than 20kmh over the speed limit: $220 and 3 demerit points.
- More than 40kmh over the speed limit: $1026 and 8 demerit points and 6-month suspension.
- 0.05% and over, but under 0.10%: $1540.
- 0.10% and over, but under 0.15% :$2200
Using a phone:
- Talking or texting on your phone:
- $330 and 3 demerit points.