New laws affecting disqualified drivers

The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act 2017 gives police greater powers to crackdown on people who flout the law, while at the same time providing incentives for disqualified drivers who do the right thing.

The new laws will:

  • allow police to confiscate number plates or vehicles on-the-spot for three or six months for repeat unauthorised drivers and those who commit certain serious driving offences;
  • allow the Local Court to lift the disqualification period for those who have been compliant with their disqualification period for two or four years. They can then reapply for a licence;
  • ensure those who have been convicted of driving offences involving death or grievous bodily harm will never be eligible to have their disqualification lifted
  • introduce automatic and minimum disqualification periods for unauthorised driving offences and revise maximum imprisonment terms for unauthorised driving offences; and
  • abolish the Habitual Traffic Offender Scheme. There is no equivalent scheme in any other Australian jurisdiction

If you have been charged with a drive whilst disqualified offence then you need to seek legal advice. Talk to us before you talk to the Police. We have over 20 years experience in traffic law. Contact us 24/7 for expert legal advice on 0400 446424.