Increased Fines for Driving Offences as of 1 July 2022

As of 1 February 2020, the penalties for mobile phone offences became significantly stricter in Queensland. And now, as of 1 July 2022, the Queensland Government are toughening the penalties for driving offences such as speeding, driving without a seatbelt and running red lights. Fines for driving without a seatbelt have nearly doubled in fines. Below is a table to show the substantial increase in fines and penalties:

 Before 1 July 2022From 1 July 2022
Seatbelt Offences-$413 fine -Three (3) demerit points-$1,078 fine -Four (4) demerit points
Running Red Light-$413 fine -Three (3) demerit points-$575 fine -Three (3) demerit points
Speeding (1-10km/hr over speed limit)-$183 fine -One (1) demerit point-$287 fine -One (1) demerit point
Speeding (11-20km/hr over speed limit)-$275 fine -Three (3) demerit points-$431 fine -Three (3) demerit points
Speeding (21-30km/hr over speed limit)-$459 fine -Four (4) demerit points-$646 fine -Four (4) demerit points
Speeding (31-40km/hr over speed limit)-$643 fine -Six (6) demerit points-$1,078 fine -Six (6) demerit points
Speeding (Over 40km/hr)-$1,286 fine -Eight (8) demerit points-$1,653 fine -Eight (8) demerit points

The purpose of increasing fines is to reflect the goals aimed to be achieved in the Queensland Road Safety Action Plan 2022-2024. The Plan discusses the Camera Detected Offence Program (CDOP) which is described as the approach the Queensland Government is using to monitor road safety including offences such as speeding, running red lights, mobile phone use and seatbelt requirements. The tougher penalties are to target these driving offences by using the ‘anywhere, anytime’ deterrence in hopes to achieve zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2050.

Due to this, it is important that all Queensland drivers are aware of the relevant traffic laws in this area and adhere to the road rules to minimise the possibility of being penalised for any of the above offences. It is likely police will also target extra resources to help detect these offences.

This post contains general advice only and is not intended as legal advice.