Drivers slugged in July 1 changes

The State’s peak motoring body has warned Queensland drivers they were set to be stung with outrageous increases to transport fees at the start of the new financial year.  

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RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said motorists would be slugged with a raft of increases including licence fees, vehicle registration fees and fines come 1 July.

“Once again drivers will be paying more to cover the cost of renewing their licences and they’ll be out of pocket more to keep their vehicles registered,” Ms Hunter said.

“The cost of a driver licence will increase to as much as $180.70 for a five year licence.”

Ms Hunter called on the Queensland Government to freeze registration, after it was revealed costs had increased by more than 17 percent in the last five years.

“Queensland drivers pay more for rego on average than anywhere else in Australia. The average driver of a 4 cylinder car will pay as much as $385.90 a year to keep their car on the road,” she said.

“Rego is rising by 2.25 percent which stings more than it should, with the increase higher than the rate of inflation.”

Ms Hunter said drivers caught doing the wrong thing could expect to pay more, with a penalty unit increasing by 2.25 percent, up to $133.45, on the first day of the new financial year.

“Don’t say you weren’t warned, the cost of breaking the law like speeding or hooning just got more expensive,” she said.

Ms Hunter said anyone travelling to Brisbane should be warned toll prices would also be increasing by the consumer price index.

“Prices will increase by an average 1.5 percent, taking a car trip on Legacy Way or the Clem 7 to $5.19,” she said.

“Aside from the AirportLinkM7, every other toll road charges around the State’s south east will also go up. So whether you travel on the Gateway Bridge, Clem7, Legacy Way, Go Between Bridge and Logan Motorway, expect to cough up more.”

 

Queensland driver licence fees:

Licence duration Cost at 1 July 2018 Cost at 1 July 2019
1 year licence $78.90 $80.70
2 year licence $110.00 $112.50
3 year licence $136.15 $139.20
4 year licence $157.55 $161.05
5 year licence $176.75 $180.70

 

Queensland registration fees (including traffic improvement fee):

Cylinders Cost at 1 July 2018 Cost at 1 July 2019
4 cylinder $377.40 $385.90
5 or 6 cylinder $564.90 $577.60
7 or 8 cylinder $768.65 $785.95

 

Tolls prices:

Toll Point Car toll at 1 July 2018 Car toll at 1 July 2019
Murarrie  $4.55  $4.62
Kuraby  $2.68  $2.72
Loganlea  $1.72  $1.75
Heathwood/Paradise Rd  $2.84  $2.88
Go Between Bridge  $3.19  $3.23
Clem 7  $5.11  $5.19
Legacy Way  $5.11  $5.19

 

Speeding

Offence Cost at 1 July 2018 Cost at 1 July 2019
Driving 13-20km/h over the speed limit $261 $266

 

Hooning

Offence Maximum penalty at 1 July 2018 Maximum penalty at 1 July 2019
Driving without due care and attention $5222 $5338