Double penalties for ignoring rail signals
MOTORISTS who ignore rail crossing signs in Queensland will risk a hefty fine after the State Government moved to double the penalty for disruptions to the rail network.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced on Sunday the Government would impose a maximum $8,800 fine on motorists who ignored rail crossing signage and damaged boom gates or bridges.
Motorists could also be forced to pay for damages caused to rail infrastructure and risk loosing their licence.
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Last financial year 180,000 commuters were delayed or stranded due to rail crossing mishaps.
Mr Emerson said there were 194 boom gate strikes last year - more than one every two days.
"I'm fed up with careless drivers who are causing havoc for thousands of public transport commuters and damaging hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of infrastructure because they can't be bothered to obey the signs and signals," he said.
"The current penalty of $4,400 is obviously not deterring drivers running the red signals and shutting down large parts of the network, so it will be doubled.
"There are often costs of almost $10,000 to repair damaged equipment and signalling and we will also push for full cost recovery from individuals and companies that cause this damage."
Last month, part of Brisbane's busy rail network was thrown into chaos when a truck crashed into a train at a level crossing at Banyo.