THINGS ABOUT EXPIATION NOTICES YOU MAY NOT KNOW!

If you are alleged to have committed a traffic offence you may be issued with an Expiation Notice or ‘On the Spot Fine’. That notice may be issued by the police or any number of other authorities and you will need to pay the fine unless you elect to be prosecuted. Every Expiation Notice must be issued in a proper form and in some instances the Notices may be defective. If a Notice is defective there are ways that it can be amended by the issuing authority or defended by you and it is always in your best interest to seek legal advice...

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PENALTIES ARE CHANGING FOR EXPIATION NOTICES

As of 1 September 2012 the penalties for speeding are changing. The changes that will come into force will result in lower fines but increased demerit points and are as follows:   Speeding penalties from 1 September 2012   Exceeding the speed limit Demerit Points Expiation Fees * Expiation fees (Road Trains) By less than 10 km/h 2 $150 $400 By 10 km/h but less than 20 km/h 3 $330 $500 By 20 km/h but less than 30 km/h 5 $670 $770 By 30 km/h but less than 45 km/h 7 $800 $900 By 45 km/h or more (excessive...

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WHAT CAN BE DONE TO AVOID DEMERIT POINTS?

When a police fine for a speeding charge is paid or a conviction is recorded in Court, then demerit points are incurred* unless the Court is satisfied that the offence was ‘trifling’ or any other proper cause exists to reduce the number of demerit points. The Supreme Court recently considered the various grounds upon which a person charged with speeding might not incur demerit points. In the case before the Court, the driver pleading guilty to a speeding charge for which the Magistrate imposed a conviction and fine. He had been detected...

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