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Heavy fines for drivers who park in disabled bays in Australia

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Queensland will become the Australian state with the third-harshest punishment for drivers parking in disabled bays after introducing new rules that double the current fine, Australian media reports.

Under new proposed legislation, motorists caught committing the inconsiderate offence will be fined $533, twice the existing penalty of $266. This puts Queensland just behind the ACT, which has some of the harshest penalties in the country with fines of $600, and New South Wales,which issues $572 fines for the same offence.

The new Queensland fines are expected to be implemented mid-year, pending their successful passage through parliament, and will be introduced in line with the government expanding the pool of people able to apply for a disabled parking permit. Applications for the permits are likely to increase by about 18,000 people when the government begins allowing those who are legally blind to access the spaces, a policy that is already in operation in the ACT and NSW. “Last year, the Queensland Government introduced a parliamentary bill to expand the eligibility criteria for the Disability Parking Permit Scheme to include vision-impaired people who are legally blind,” a Queensland Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said.

Elsewhere in Australia, penalties for parking in a disabled parking space vary from $120 to $450. After the ACT, NSW and Queensland, the state with the fourth highest fines is South Australia, where the offence can attract a maximum penalty of $450 – consisting of a $390 fine with a possible additional $60 victims of crime levy if issued by SA Police.

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