Pastoralist goes to court over speed fine
CHARLES Lund is outraged that he is facing up to $3000 in legal fees to contest a speeding fine for a truck that he says he does not own.
The 68-year-old Laglan Beef and Pastoral Company owner, who lives at Gracemere, received a $500 speeding fine for a vehicle that he says is not his.
Mr Lund said he had no choice but to go to court to contest the fine.
"The truck in the photo is a tip-truck owned by another company and they are saying that it is my cattle truck,'' Mr Lund said.
The speed camera offence was recorded on Saturday, April 8, at 4.24pm but Mr Lund is adamant that the truck the Department of Transport is claiming it to be was under lock and key in a Clermont shed at the time.
Mr Lund believes the fine was issued because of a similarity between the number plates of the two trucks.
"It's the principle of it: I'm a law-abiding citizen and I would have no problem in paying a speeding fine if I deserved it, but now I have to go to court because there is no alternative,'' Mr Lund said.
Mr Lund believes there should be an option on the form to contest the fine without going to court.
"If there is no in-between then the only choice people have is to cop the fine or pay thousands in legal fees which don't get reimbursed. "People are scared into paying incorrect fines because they don't want to go to court,'' he said.
Rockhampton Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Michael McKey said that all issues with speed camera fines were under the control of the Traffic Camera Office in Brisbane.
"If a person has a legitimate argument against a speeding fine, they can contact the Traffic Camera Office in Brisbane and they will take appropriate action and look into anything brought to their attention,'' Senior Sergeant McKey said.