UNLICENCED AND DISQUALIFYING DRIVING
DRIVING WHILE DISQUALIFIED BY A COURT
You will be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence for a stated period by an order of an Australian court if you have been convicted of:
• a drink or drug driving offence
• a dangerous driving offence
• a criminal offence involving driving a vehicle.
If you are found driving a vehicle while you are still disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence because of a court order, you will be charged with disqualified driving.
If the court finds you guilty of disqualified driving, the court must further disqualify you from holding or obtaining a licence for a period of at least two years up to a maximum period of five years.
You may also be given a fine in excess of $6600, and you could be jailed for up to 18 months.
DRIVING WHILE YOUR DRIVER LICENCE OR AUTHORITY TO DRIVE IS SUSPEDED BY A COURT
Your driver licence will be suspended or your authority to drive will be withdrawn for a stated period if you have:
• not paid any fines imposed on you
• accumulated too many demerit points on your traffic history
• been convicted of driving more than 40km/h over the speed limit
If you are found driving a vehicle while your licence is suspended or your authority to drive is withdrawn because of any of the above reasons, you will be charged with unlicensed driving.
If the court finds you guilty of the unlicensed driving offence, the court will disqualify you from holding or obtaining a licence.
You may also be given a fine in excess of $4400, and you could be jailed for up to one year.