I have a provisional driver’s licence, and I am fairly certain I have been caught speeding going 80-83 km/h in a 60 zone by a speed van. I saw the van and slowed down, but it was night time (11pm on a Wednesday night) and I did not spot him until I was well in his view. I could easily see the guy sitting in the back of the van with his camera.
I have had my provisional licence for nearly 2 and a half years, and am due to get my full driver’s licence next June. I have never been caught speeding, or causing any traffic offence in my entire time on the roads and therefore have not accumulated any demerits.
As far as I know, a P plater has up to 4 demerit points, before they lose their licence for 3 months. It is crucial that I do not lose my licence as I work a half hours drive from where I live.
My questions are:
1. How far over the speed limit will cause me to lose my licence? (I haev been told it is 20km’s by some people to lose 4 demerits, and 30km’s by others)
2. Is it likely to win a dispute against the fine, my excuse being, I was desperate to make it to the bathroom with stomach pains. I do not speed, and always drive safely and by the road rules.
3. If I was to run off now and complete my P off course (which will double my demerits) will it be effective for a fine I received before completing the course?
4. What kind of fine are you looking at for 20km’s over?
If anyone has answers for me I will be stoked, I am freaking out about this and its on top of my mind at the moment!