Think you were caught by a speed camera driving over the limit? Wondering how long it will take for you to receive a speeding fine in the mail?
You’re in the right place. This article will answer all your questions regarding speeding in the Canberra region.
When Will My Speeding Ticket Arrive in the Mail?
Most speeding tickets will arrive in the mail within two weeks of the offence. During busy periods, such as the Easter long weekend, New Years, or Christmas, your speeding fine could take up to one month to arrive.
This answer applies to speeding tickets issued by unmanned speed cameras only. If a police man or woman catches you speeding with a radar gun, they will most often issue you a fine on the spot by pulling you over.
How Lenient are Speed Cameras?
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First and foremost, you should always, always adhere to the speed limit as indicated by road signs. Remember, if no speed limit is specified, it is 50km/hour in the ACT.
Speed limits are put in place for your safety, and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. Speeding continues to be a major cause of injury and fatalities on our roads.
That being said, you will not receive a speeding fine for driving 51km/hour in a 50km/hour zone. Usually, speed cameras and police men and women offer a 10 percent leniency.
How Much Will My Speeding Fine Cost?
This depends on the offence.
Fines for speeding in Canberra range from $257 to $1831. Fines are accompanied by demerit points, which again are dependent on the seriousness of your offence. You may lose anywhere between one and six demerit points.
A full license in the ACT has a threshold of 12 demerit points. If you lose more than 12 demerit points, your licence will be put on hold for three years from the date of your most recent offence.
I Received My Fine – Now What?
The next step is to pay your speeding fine. In Canberra, there are a number of ways to do this. Let’s have a look at your payment options:
- Pay online via the RTA website.
- Pay in person at a post office or an Access Canberra shop.
- Pay by post.
- Pay via BPAY.
- Pay over the phone.
Read your fine carefully for more detailed instructions.
If you need an extension on your fine’s due date, be sure to submit a request online as soon as possible.
Tips for Avoiding Speeding Fines in Canberra
Here are a couple of tips that will help you stay safe, and avoid speeding fines in the Canberra region.
- Know and adhere to the speed limit. Keep in mind that the default speed limit is 50km/hour, and the maximum speed limit is 100km/hour.
- Pay attention to special areas. For example, in car parks, do not exceed 10km/hour. And, in school zones during specified hours, always travel at a maximum of 40km/hour.
- Know when to slow down. Never ignore dangerous weather conditions.
- Do not drive when tired. You could be tempted to speed to get home faster.
Following the speed limit will not only keep you out of harm’s way, it will also save you money!