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Communtity Law Manual | Driving & traffic law | Unsafe vehicles and insecure loads

General driving offences

Unsafe vehicles and insecure loads

Driving an unsafe vehicle

Land Transport Act 1998, ss 6, 34; Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999, Schedule 1

You must not drive an unsafe vehicle on the road. If you’re prosecuted and convicted in the courts, you can be fined up to $2,000.

You must also display a current warrant of fitness. If you don’t you can be given a $200 infringement notice (that is, an on-the-spot ticket), or if you’re prosecuted and convicted through the courts you can be fined up to $2,000.

Carrying an unsafe load

Land Transport Act 1998, ss 9, 42; Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999, Schedule 1

You must make sure any load you’re carrying is secure and that it can’t fall or escape from your vehicle or trailer. Any person loading the vehicle has the same responsibility. You can be given a $600 infringement notice, or if you’re prosecuted through the courts you can be fined up to $2,000 and disqualified for a period decided by the judge.

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