Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has been the Newman government’s worst traffic offender since the LNP came to power in 2012.
The Queensland treasurer’s lead-footed Sunday driving habits have seen him contribute almost $500 in fines to state coffers.
Tim Nicholls copped a $151 fine and one demerit point for exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 km/h on October 13 last year.
But seven weeks later in early December, on another Sunday, the treasurer ran a red light in his government-funded car.
This failure to stop incurs a $341 fine and three demerit points.
A spokeswoman for Mr Nicholls said the treasurer promptly paid the fines.
“Road rules apply to everyone,” she said in a statement to AAP on Tuesday.
The treasurer has proven to be the worst traffic offender since Campbell Newman’s Liberal National Party won power in a landslide in March 2012, Department of Premier and Cabinet right-to-information documents obtained by AAP found.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh was fined for driving at more than 10 km/h over the limit in June 2012.
Meanwhile, Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis was clocked speeding by a similar amount in August 2012.
“I regret breaching the speed limit,” she said in a statement.
David Gibson was forced to resign as police minister in April 2012 – less than two weeks into his role – after it emerged he had been caught speeding on a suspended licence.
But his offence occurred in February 2012 before the LNP was elected.
The premier’s department documents relate to government fleet cars used by ministers, political staff members and chauffeurs.
In Queensland, drivers are given a warning letter if they incur seven demerit points over three years.
If they accumulate 12 or more demerit points over that period they either have their licence suspended or agree to continue driving for one year under good behaviour conditions.