Drivers/Riders in Queensland could be issued with infringement notices via email or text message with new e-ticketing technology being used from today.
The e-ticketing option being launched by Queensland police is a voluntary option providing an alternative to receiving a fine through the post.
The tickets should be issued almost instantaneously and allow a faster review if there are discrepancies.
Acting Inspector Gavin Raison said it was a voluntary option that would only be offered to motorists who are stopped by a traffic officer.
“If you don’t have an email address or an MMS or don’t want to provide those, then the fine will be issued to you via Australia Post,” he said.
“So if you do receive a fine via email or MMS and you haven’t actually been intercepted by a police officer in Queensland, then we’re asking you to contact your local police station or Police Link.
Acting Inspector Raison said it was about making the process more efficient.
“It’ll reduce administration tasks that take in relation to managing fines,” he said.
“It’ll reduce duplicate entries, improve our data quality, and most importantly, provide a better and more contemporary service to the community of Queensland.”
The RACQ has been in consultation with Queensland police about the system.
RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding said for some people, emails and texts are better.
“It will be of a convenience to some motorists, specifically those that are often away from their home address – whether it be long stints at work in another location or they’re continually moving around – so they may well find it much easier,” he said.