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.
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