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Hope to not lose my licence!

By Emma29 - 20 September 2011 89

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!

Thanks ! :)

What’s Your opinion?


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Hope to not lose my licence!
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Holden Caulfield 10:45 am
20 Sep 11
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This will go well.

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troll-sniffer 10:45 am
20 Sep 11
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20kms over is max 3 points I believe. Up to 15 is 1 point? So you should be safe.

Get a GPS with a speed alert program that constantly beeps at you in real time when you exceed the limit in whatever street you’re on, and though not foolproof (roadworks aren’t updated for instance) it will not only keep your mind focussed on keeping within the limits but alert you when your concentration has strayed. Mine (A Navig8r G35) has already paid for itself when it alerted me to the change from 80 to 60 on Hindmarsh Drive approaching the town centre, that I hadn’t seen because the signs aren’t exactly obvious given there’s no change in road shape, width or design.

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Solidarity 10:45 am
20 Sep 11
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Relax.

If it didn’t flash you’ll be right.

Anyway, do the P-off course if it really bothers you, then don’t pay the speeding fine till after you’ve completed it, the points don’t come off till you’ve paid the fine.

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lore 10:46 am
20 Sep 11
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I’m not sure about some of it, but I know that if you do a P-Off course it won’t help points wise- I knew someone who tried the same thing but they take the points of from when you got the fine, so she still lost her licence.

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Madman 10:46 am
20 Sep 11
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Exceeding the speed limit by 15 km/h but less than 30 km/h = 3 Demerits

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p996911turbo 10:46 am
20 Sep 11
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Only 3 demerit points for 15-30km/h over the limit.You’ll be fine if you have no previous infringements.

http://www.rego.act.gov.au/infringements/infringedemerit.htm

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cross 10:47 am
20 Sep 11
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Information from ACT gov FAQ

Due to traffic infringements, I have reached my demerit points allowance. If I do the P Off course before I pay the fine and receive a letter of suspension, will I get the increased 4 demerit points allowance (which is awarded upon completing the course) and be able to keep my licence? No, your licence conditions at the time of offence is noted and if your demerit points allowance at that time was 4 points, your licence will be suspended regardless of whether you attend the course or not. However, if you complete the course, your demerit points allowance will be increased to 8 points and the P plate can be removed from your vehicle when your suspension period is completed. The course can be undertaken during a suspension period as there are no practical driving components in the course.

For more information go to: http://www.roadready.act.gov.au

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androo 10:49 am
20 Sep 11
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http://www.rego.act.gov.au/infringements/infringedemerit.htm – Exceeding the speed limit by 15 km/h but less than 30 km/h = 3 points.

You were speeding, you got caught, you pay & wear the penalty.

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maniac 10:52 am
20 Sep 11
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There is no excuse for speeding. You deserve whatever you get.

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Madman 10:54 am
20 Sep 11
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You could also download the smartphone app Trapster. It’s free and users can report where there are live traps and it alerts people in the same area of the trap. If you see or don’t see it then you can vote on it.

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dpm 10:58 am
20 Sep 11
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Hmmm, I’m guessing this post is some sort of wind up. Sorry, but I hope you’re not expecting much in the way of constructive answers!

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winter 11:01 am
20 Sep 11
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15 – 30km/h = 3 points.

And no they won’t dismiss the fine if you dispute it in court with the excuse of having stomach pains.

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dks00k 11:07 am
20 Sep 11
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Suck it up princess…

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Tooks 11:10 am
20 Sep 11
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Madman said :

You could also download the smartphone app Trapster. It’s free and users can report where there are live traps and it alerts people in the same area of the trap. If you see or don’t see it then you can vote on it.

Yeah either that, or maybe just don’t speed. Those vans won’t ping you unless you are nearly on top of them.

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Thumper 11:10 am
20 Sep 11
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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.

No excuse. Slow down. Take responsibility for your actions.

Having said that you’ll probably be okay and it’ll only cost you a few bucks and few points.

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