Driving and traffic law
The main rules, offences and penalties
What this chapter covers
This chapter deals with:
- Powers of police officers and parking wardens to enforce traffic laws
- The main driver responsibilities and the associated offences and penalties – for example, driving without a licence, or driving dangerously or carelessly
- Drink/drug driving – including the different offences and penalties and the testing processes the police use
- Street-racing, wheel-spinning and “cruising”
- Accidents and your responsibilities
- Court processes for the different categories of driving offences
- Losing your licence – including suspensions and disqualifications from driving, the demerit point system, and the process for getting a limited licence
- Losing your vehicle – including the temporary impounding of vehicles for traffic offences, and the permanent confiscation (and sometimes destruction) of vehicles
- Getting towed, and your rights when dealing with tow-truck operators.
- “Fare evasion” on public transport – what can happen if you don’t pay a bus or train fare
- Skateboards, scooters and mobility scooters, and the rules that apply to them.