SOUTH Australian motorists face fines more than five times the size elsewhere, for the same offence. And some actions illegal in SA are not against the law in other comparable parts of the world. Stopping in an emergency lane carries a fine of $239 here. In Queensland, the penalty is $44. Fail to update your address on your SA driver's licence and you face a fine of up to $172. It's $50 in WA.
Stopping near a post box here is nearly twice as punishing as in Queensland - $85 versus $44.
SA also imposes a $60 "victim of crime levy" on all infringements - even those that are not criminal.
The Advertiser is not aware of any other Australian jurisdiction that does this.
Inconsistent and over-the-top penalties have triggered calls for greater uniformity state to state and an end to "revenue raising".