Tony O'Kane | May 4, 2009

The South Australian Road Safety Minister Michael O'Brien has announced that the state's road traffic cameras won't just be on the lookout for speeding motorists, but unlicensed and uninsured (third party liability) ones as well.

All of the road traffic cameras in the state's network - including speed and red light cameras - now have the capability to identify vehicles which are not registered or insured, and fines for both offences have jumped markedly.

"We’re acting to reduce the number of unregistered and uninsured vehicles on our roads which research suggests has risen by around 30 percent in recent years," Mr O' Brien said.

“The maximum fine for failing to register a vehicle will jump from $750 to $2500, while failure to insure will attract a maximum fine of $5000, up from $2500.

“The vast majority of South Australian drivers are doing the right thing by paying their premiums, and this measure is aimed at catching out those who deliberately flout our road laws by driving unregistered and uninsured vehicles."

South Australian motorists will have until June 1 to ensure their cars are registered and insured for third party liability before the new detection strategy kicks in, with the state government already publicising the change on radio, online and in the print media. Those who are unsure of the registration status of the vehicle can check by visiting www.ezyreg.sa.gov.au.

Motor Accident Commission Chief Executive, Andrew Daniels said the targeting of illegal vehicles should deliver benefits in the form of lower registration and motor injury insurance costs, which are higher than necessary due to the amount of rego cheats in the state.

“Uninsured and unregistered drivers generate pressure to charge higher premiums for those who do register vehicles to cover the cost of personal injury claims,” Mr Daniels said.

“The premium for the average car garaged in Adelaide is $410, which is part of the registration fee. Compensating those injured in crashes by uninsured vehicles contributes about $20 to the premium.”

So, if you're a South Australian and the rego sticker on your car is looking a more faded than it should be, the writing's on the wall: register your ride or risk a hefty fine.

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