Brace for $300 fines

READ on or you could be slapped with up to $300 in fines.

As of yesterday Rockhampton police will be enforcing new Queensland road rules - and it affects just about everyone.

Acting CQ regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Murray Shields yesterday suggested motorists make themselves familiar with the new rules so there is no future confusion.

He said the main change to take affect was in relation to seatbelt laws.

From now on it is the driver's sole responsibility to make sure everyone in the car is buckled up or they will wear a $300 fine and three demerit points.

Previously passengers over 16 years were responsible for their own seatbelts, but now the driver is, regardless of age.

Inspector Shields also said any driver or passenger exempt from wearing a seatbelt for medical reasons will now have to validate their certificate every 12 months.

Fog lights must now only been used during foggy conditions or during hazardous weather conditions.

Any other use will incur a $40 fine.

If you ride a scooter or skateboard you can only do so now in residential streets.

Riding in streets with a speed limit greater than 50km/h, at night or on main roads will incur a $40 fine.

It is now also illegal to double someone on a bicycle unless there is a specified seat for them, also all riders must wear approved helmets.

Offenders will face a $100 fine.

One of the last major new rules is motorists can no longer carry an animal on their lap.

For a full list of rules visit www.transport.qld.gov.au/

NEW ROAD RULES

Key changes to the Queensland Road Rules effective from yesterday:


•Fog lights - turn off fog lights in clear weather. If you drive with fog lights on in clear weather you risk being fined $40.

•Single centre line - don't U-turn. If you do a U-turn over a single continuous centre line you risk being fined $180 and three demerit points.

•Seatbelts - all passengers must wear them. If you drive with a passenger of any age without a seatbelt or child restraint you risk a fine of $300 and three demerit points

•Wheeled recreational devices (e.g. scooters and skateboards) - if you ride one when and where they are not permitted you risk being fined $40.

•Animals - no longer acceptable to carry an animal on your lap while driving. $233 fine.


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