A MAJOR driving law error has led to thousands of drivers being hit with bogus fines.
Over 1,800 drivers in the Australian state of Queensland have been wrongly fined or given driving points – some have even been disqualified.
Transportation Minister Mark Bailey said a flaw in the state’s seatbelt camera system went undetected for two years.
He said: “I’m sorry to everyone affected by this. My department is receiving urgent legal advice on the rapid reissuance of licenses that have been wrongly suspended.”
“For the remaining license holders who retain their license but have incorrectly lost some points, Transport and Main Roads will reverse the incorrectly awarded double points.”
Motorists incorrectly received double points for offenses such as speeding, using a phone and driving without a seatbelt.
A spokesperson said: “The error has resulted in drivers incorrectly receiving double points for a passenger seatbelt violation caught by the cameras between November 1, 2021 and August 31, 2023.”
It is believed that 121 drivers had their licenses wrongfully revoked.
The affected drivers will be contacted by traffic authorities in the coming days.
However, motorists whose licenses are currently suspended or revoked have been told to stay off the road until they are contacted.
Motorists who believe they may be affected should contact the dedicated hotline on 1800 740 786.
This comes after a pensioner was fined for parking outside his home – despite having parked his car in the same spot for 25 years.