Need for speed drives up millions in NSW fines

 

26 June 2013

NSW drivers have racked up $332 million in fines over the past year, thanks in large part to speeding and parking infringements.

Bingle’s 2013 Cost of Motoring research reveals more than 1.8 million motorists were issued with either a parking, speeding, red light or mobile phone fine over the 12 months to March 2013.

Bingle spokesperson, Marcela Balart, said an increase in speeding and parking penalties made up the bulk of the State’s $332 million fines bill.

“Speeding fines experienced the biggest hike with the cost to the consumer coming to $124 million, up $20 million compared with the previous year,” Ms Balart said.

“With the average amount NSW drivers spend on fines jumping by almost 25 per cent in one year from $48 to $59, the easiest way to reduce the cost of motoring is by simply sticking to the speed limit and obeying the road rules,” she said.

Bingle’s research shows the total number of speeding fines issued increased by more 37,000 to 555, 215.

 

Year-on-year increase of NSW speeding fines by speeding category

Speeding category

2012

2013

%

Exceeding the speed limit by less 10km/h

221,647

253,494

14%

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h

226,195

233,328

3%

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h

54,734

53,299

-3%

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h

12,576

12,513

-1%

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km

2603

2651

2%

Total

517,755

555,285

7%

 

“What’s worrying is that more than 2600 people still feel it’s acceptable to exceed the speed limit by more than 45km,” she said.

NSW drivers also forked out a collective $154 million in parking fines, up $9 million from the previous year.

“Finding a park continues to be a big issue across Sydney and motorists are constantly getting caught out for parking illegally or forgetting to top up their meter,” Ms Balart said.

On the positive side, red light infringements dropped almost 25 per cent in the past year to 92,429, despite the roll out of 200 safety cameras as part of the State Government’s NSW Speed Camera Strategy by 2014. Mobile phone offences also dropped by 10 per cent to 38,858.

“It’s encouraging to see such a significant drop in red light and mobile phone offences, yet when it comes to speeding, it’s clear the message hasn’t quite sunk in for motorists,” Ms Balart said.

“While some may think it’s harsh to cop a $2000 fine, the consequences of speeding or breaking the road rules can ultimately cost lives,” she said.

For media enquiries or to arrange an interview please contact:

Marcela Balart
Bingle Corporate Affairs Advisor
P: 02 8121 0298
M: 0422 483 371
E: marcela.balart@suncorp.com.au