WA hikes speeding fine limits for light and heavy vehicles


Cash-strapped state sees some penalties rise 50-80 per cent

WA hikes speeding fine limits for light and heavy vehicles
WA speeding fines are rising

 

Police in Western Australia can fine drivers at a higher cash limit after Road Traffic Code amendments come into force today.

Drivers of light vehicles caught travelling more than 40kmh over the posted speed limit will be subject to a $1,200 fine, while drivers of heavy vehicles will receive an increased penalty of $1,200 if detected speeding more than 29kmh but not more than 40kmh and $1,500 for speeds of more than 40kmh over the speed limit.
 
Authorities believe the new penalties will act as a deterrent against high level speeding.
 
"We’ve seen the evidence recently that drivers continue to put the lives of other at risk on WA roads, by travelling at highly excessive speeds," Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron says.

"Statistics show that one third of all fatalities in Western Australia last year occurred in crashes where speed was found to be a factor, so we want these new penalties to slow down drivers and save lives."

The maximum fine imposed by a court in relation to failing to use seatbelts or appropriate restraints, and failing to wear a motorcycle helmet where required also increases.
 
The new penalties are:

  • A light vehicle travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit will be liable to an infringement penalty of $1,200 instead of $1,000
  • A heavy vehicle travelling more than 29km/h but not more than 40km/h above the speed limit will be liable to an infringement penalty of 24 penalty units $1,200 instead of $850
  • A heavy vehicle travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit will be liable to an infringement penalty of $1,500 instead of $1,000
  • The maximum fine for failing to use seatbelts or appropriate restraints and failing to wear a motorcycle helmet where required, rises from $1,200 to $2,800 for a first offence, and from $2,400 to $4,200 for a subsequent offence.

 

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