Fines for block­ing roads

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

THERE’S noth­ing worse than sit­ting in rush hour traf­fic and when it is fi­nally your turn to cross the in­ter­sec­tion your path is blocked by a selfish driver who de­cided to cross even though they knew they wouldn’t be able to get through in time.

When cars block in­ter­sec­tions, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing peak times, it means that al­ready slow-mov­ing traf­fic is forced to slow down even more.

Queens­land is crack­ing down on these an­noy­ing driv­ers by in­creas­ing fines for those who are caught block­ing in­ter­sec­tions or cross­ings.

The Queens­land Govern­ment had quadru­pled on-the-spot fines for mo­torists stop­ping where they shouldn’t and hold­ing up traf­fic.

Driv­ers caught do­ing this will now be made to fork out $200, with a Trans­port and Main Roads spokesper­son telling news.com.au the changes are in place.

“The amend­ment in­creases on-the-spot fines to $200 for mo­torists who block in­ter­sec­tions and cer­tain cross­ings,” the spokesper­son said.

“The changes were needed to de­ter ir­re­spon­si­ble driver be­hav­iour re­sult­ing in re­duced traf­fic flow, in­creased con­ges­tion and risks to pedes­tri­ans.

A num­ber of dif­fer­ent of­fences are in­cluded in the amend­ment and the higher penal­ties will ap­ply to driv­ers who en­ter a blocked in­ter­sec­tion, en­ter a blocked cross­ing, stop on or near a level cross­ing or stop on a clear­way.

Each of these of­fences pre­vi­ously car­ried a $52 fine but that has been bumped up to $200.

Mo­torists who stop on “keep clear” mark­ings will also cop a $200 fine, up from the pre­vi­ous $156 penalty.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley told 7 News that driv­ers who pur­pose­fully block the in­ter­sec­tion were putting them­selves and oth­ers in dan­ger.

“One of the most an­noy­ing things when you drive is when some­body blocks the box,” he said.

“It’s not just selfish, it’s un­safe.”

He added that mo­torists who con­tinue to ig­nore this road rule will “pay for it”.

— Ally Foster, Courier Mail

PHOTO: IAIN CURRY

THINK FIRST: On-the-spot fines for block­ing in­ter­sec­tions have in­creased.

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