Queensland motorists will face the largest fines in the state’s history with new penalty units coming into effect from mid-2024.

    The Courier Mail reports one penalty unit in Queensland will be valued at $161.30 as of July 1, 2024, increasing from the current rate of $154.80.

    This represents a year-on-year increase of 4.2 per cent, which is tied to inflation and is significantly less than the 7.7 per cent increase from the 2022/23 financial year to the 2023/24 financial year.

    Low level speeding – where motorists are found to exceed the speed limit by less than 11km/h – will now attract a $322 fine, while failing to wear a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while driving will result in a $1210 fine.

    Demerit point penalties remain unchanged, as does Queensland’s approach to double demerits which are applied year-round to motorists who are caught committing certain higher-risk offences multiple times within 12 months.

    These include driving at more than 20km/h above the speed limit, any mobile phone-related offences, driver seatbelt offences, motorcycle helmet offences, and failure to ensure passengers under 16 are properly restrained.

    The double demerits are only applied to motorists who commit the same type of offence within 12 months of their first offence, with the second offence attracting twice as many points.

    A list of some of the driving offences to be impacted by Queensland’s new penalty unit pricing is found below.

    Driving offenceCurrent fine (until June 30, 2024)New fine (from July 1, 2024)Demerit points
    Driving less than 11km/h above the posted speed limit$309$3221
    Driving between 11km/h and 20km/h above the posted speed limit$464$4843
    Driving between 20km/h and 30km/h above the posted speed limit$696$7264
    Driving between 30km/h and 40km/h above the posted speed limit$1161$12106
    Driving more than 40km/h above the posted speed limit$1780$18528
    Failing to wear a seat belt while driving$1161$12104
    Using a mobile phone while driving$1161$12104
    Failing to stop for a red traffic light $619$6454

    MORE: Higher fines drive $200 million increase in Queensland camera revenue

    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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