Western Australia hikes truck speeding fine limits
POLICE IN Western Australia can fine drivers at a higher cash limit after Road Traffic Code amendments come into force in September.
Drivers of light vehicles caught travelling more than 40km/h over the posted speed limit will be subject to a $1200 fine, while drivers of heavy vehicles will receive an increased penalty of $1200 if detected speeding more than 29km/h but not more than 40km/h, and $1500 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.”