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Big increases of fees, fines and charges

 

June 2019

The South Australian Government has announced increases to a raft of fees, fines and charges ahead of next month's state budget.

Some of the biggest increases are to fines for speeding more than 30 kilometres per hour over the limit, which will increase by 60 per cent.

The speeding fine for travelling at 3045kph over the limit will increase from $920 to $1,472, while drivers going more than 45kph over will face a fine of $1,658 up from $1,036.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said the Government would also significantly increase the fine for people who were caught speeding in a company car.

Currently, businesses can pay a $300 fine, and the individual does not receive demerit points.

"We're going to increase the corporate fee from $300 to $1,800, so there'll be a very significant financial disincentive for bosses and companies to protect the brainless idiots within their business or company who are speeding", Mr Lucas said.

Mr Lucas said the increase in various fees and charges make up about $79 million of a $500 million reduction in expected GST revenue.

Hospital parking fees will also increase, while late-night venues will pay thousands more in liquor licensing fees.

Public transport fares will go up by 1.7 per cent and short-distance tickets will be eliminated.

The Treasurer said people were "rorting" two-section tickets by staying on longer than allowed.

Compulsory third-party car insurance premiums will decrease by up to $114 under the competitive privatised model coming in on July 1.

Opposition says fee increases are a broken promise

Shadow treasurer Stephen Mullighan said the Liberal Party had broken its 2018 election promise to lower costs.

"This is an attack on house-holds, an attack on businesses and an attack on South Aus-tralians who are just trying to manage their cost of living at a time of low inflation and low growth in their wages."

South Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Ross Womersley said people on low incomes would be the hardest hit.

"Most people on high incomes will accommodate fees and fine increases much more easily than those people who are living on low incomes across our community," he said.

Before the state election in March last year, the Liberal Party criticised the then Labor government for substantial speeding fine revenue increases during their years in Government.

"South Australians need assurance that speed cameras aren't being used as a cash cow for the government and are solely dedicated to locations where their use will reduce the number of accidents on our roads," the Liberals' pre-election policy said.

The State Government also quadrupled fines for cannabis possession last year, but backed down on a measure to introduce jail terms for possession.

 

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