Driving during peak hour can be frustrating and even more annoying when cars block intersections.
Now Queensland’s State Government is cracking down on the offence, quadrupling fines for those who stop where they shouldn’t.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey voiced his anger over motorists falling foul of the law, revealing his intent to bring the harsher penalty into action.
“One of the most annoying things when you drive is when somebody blocks the box,” he said.
Minister Bailey will boost fines four-fold for those who stop where they shouldn’t.
“It’s not just selfish.. it’s unsafe,” he said.
Entering a blocked intersection would have cost you $52. Under the new laws, the offence will set back motorists $200.
The same fine will apply for stopping in the middle of a pedestrian, bike or level train crossing as well as clear ways.
Yet not everyone was convinced, with some drivers saying the move is a step too far.
“That’s a bit much.. from 50 bucks to 200 bucks…like increase it 10 percent maybe,” one motorist said.
While the RACQ welcomes the larger penalties, it says there should be more focus on driver education as a longer term solution to stamp out poor road etiquette.
“People need to be educated on the road rules and what actually is illegal..but they also need to know how dangerous this behaviour is,” RACQ’s Kirsty Clinton said.
But Minister Bailey is standing firm and vows those who fail to follow the rules will be punished.
“If you block the box.. you’ll pay for it,” he said.