OUR SAY: No justice in Qld’s rego fines

THERE is a point where enforcement becomes revenue raising and the State Government has long passed from one to the other in its application of laws around vehicle registration.

Yes, vehicles need to be registered and carry third party insurance. But that certainly should not lead to fines accumulating to $3000 where clearly the motorist has no knowledge they are offending.

The Department of Transport has three vehicle number plate recognition cameras at Yandina, Burpengary and Narangba. If your vehicle's registration has lapsed and you pass through them each week, it doesn't take long for the penalties to spiral out of control.

Policy has seen the use of labels discontinued removing a visual reminder to motorists about the status of their vehicle.

Automation shouldn't then become a tool to administer disproportionate penalties to those who clearly have no idea that they are committing an offence.

Certainly the penalty should not be determined by the number of cameras on a vehicle's route.