Australia happens to have some of the strictest laws in the world in regard to driving on public highways and the use of motor vehicles. The systems in place allow Australian courts to issue fines, demerit points and even revoke licences for a variety of offences which have been committed whilst responsible for a motor vehicle.
In this article, we are going to provide an overview of these transgressions as well as the punishment you are likely to receive if caught and convicted. Read on to see how you can become a better driver and retain your licence.
The Demerit Point System
Like most countries, Australia has its own driving licence points system which can see a driver accumulating several penalty points over a period of time. These points will likely be accompanied by a fine and can result in disqualification if too many have been received.
You will find that most traffic offences carry a set amount of penalty points with them, meaning that you should stay clear of any poor behaviour that could see you lose your licence.
Disqualification from driving can arise if;
- You receive 12 or more demerit points within a three year time period.
- You receive 4 or more demerit points whilst still in possession of a learner or provisional permit.
- Exceed a speed limit by more than a speed of 10 km/h whilst still in possession of a provisional or learners permit.
- You are convicted of 2 or more drug driving related offences in a period of five years.
- You are convicted of drink driving or being in charge of a vehicle whilst under the in influence of alcohol.
The above is not exhaustive and there are several other infractions that could put your licence at jeopardy. The lesson to be learnt here is to be on your best behaviour at all times.
Driving Under the Influence
Motorists convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol will likely be forced to have an alcohol interlock mechanism fitted to their car. The idea behind this is to screen the drivers of a vehicle for alcohol consumption before they are allowed to start their cars and drive away.
Fail the interlock test and you will simply be locked out of driving your vehicle until you are sober.
The Disqualification Process
If you have been disqualified from driving, you will receive a letter in the mail which will detail why as well as the period of time you are disqualified for. A disqualification can be appealed by the use of traffic lawyers who practise law across Melbourne but a successful appeal is never guaranteed and hiring such a legal representative is likely to cost a significant amount of money. Still, this may be the best course of action if you require the use of your vehicle for work.
It should also be noted that as a disqualified driver, you are prohibited from transacting on any vehicle related business which includes renewing your own vehicle registration.
As you can see, the punishments for driving related offences are substantial and are not to taken likely. Save yourself the bother and follow the rules of the road.