Ok – mostly rant – but part prayer for a free solution:
During the Christmas holidays I got a speeding fine in Sydney – 70kmh in a 60kmh zone – outside of the double demerits period. A quick search of the NSW RTA website indicates the fine will be waived if it’s a low range offence (less than 30kmh over) and you have a clean driving record in the last 10 years. I have had ONE minor speeding fine, 15 years ago, in 20 years of driving – so I filled out the online form and thought that would be the end of it (but knowing my luck, probably not).
So sure enough, another week later, I get an email from the NSW RTA saying sure, you can get out of the fine, just send us an official copy of your clean driving record. So I go into the motor registry – sure you can have a copy of your driving record – that will be $21.40. WHAT!?
Seriously WTF? The NSW system clearly has all my details, just not my history? Databases still don’t talk to each other in 2013? At the very least the NSW RTA can’t just call the ACT Registry? Would be a hell of a lot quicker, rather than sending me to do it, waiting, then reprocessing the whole thing when I get back to them?? And don’t even get me started on lining up for hours to pay someone $20 to press ‘print’.
So I didn’t pay the ACT motor registry’s $21.40 “document fee” – but it looks like I have no choice – to get out of a $105 fine.
My human rights are being violated here Corbell! I’ll take this to the highest court in the land! It strikes at the very heart of…. family values or something!
I’ve already wasted more than $21.40 worth of my life just now!
I know, I know, I’m a criminal and need to shut up and just pay the ACT fine to get out of the NSW fine.