SA fees, fines, charges increase for 20-21

Emily Cosenza

Speeding motorists will be fined more after the South Australia government announced a 1.9 per cent rise in fees, fines and charges for the next financial year.

Under the scheme, drivers caught exceeding the limit by less than 10km/h will be fined an extra $3, totalling $180, while motorists speeding between 10-20km/h will be charged $408, up by $8.

Those guilty of not wearing a seatbelt will pay an extra $7, costing $388, and motorists using a mobile phone will have their fine rise by $10 to $544.

Announcing the increase on Thursday, the state government said it was in line with the standard indexation rate and was below the current rate of inflation.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said despite significant budget pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 fee schedule reflected a normal increase.

"Of course, speeding fines are an entirely optional and totally avoidable charge if motorists do the right thing," he said.

The increase applies to a variety of charges, including conveyancing fees, court-related costs and registering a change of name with Births, Deaths and Marriages.