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How Long Will It Take to Receive My Speeding Fine in Canberra?

By Emily Morris - 19 September 2012 20

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?

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!

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20 Responses to
How Long Will It Take to Receive My Speeding Fine in Canberra?
Mr Gillespie 1:33 pm 12 Feb 12

That’s not such a bad idea 2620watcher, when you come to think of it, no?

2620watcher 12:26 pm 12 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The mailing system is an inefficient and counter-productive system. 2 weeks to a month? That is SLACK and they don’t deserve a cent for their efforts let alone the huge gouges they demand from your hip pocket whatever the excuse.

Maybe they should do real time SMS notification. “That will be $160 you sucker. Regards your friendly speed camera van operator.”

devils_advocate 11:29 am 12 Feb 12

54-11 said :

If it was a cop, and he didn’t stop you, you are probably OK. They usually do on-the-spot fines only. With cameras, it is a week or two before the letter arrives.

The exception is if there is a speed trap and you are going too fast for them to safely pursue. In this situation they don’t issue a letter at all, the coppers rock up to your door with a summons, make you sign service papers (ie verifying they’ve served the notice on you) and require you to turn up to court.

Buit this only happens when one gets busted doing 200kph+ so you’re probably ok.

Monomyth 7:57 am 12 Feb 12

The leniency is up to the officer essentially, The whole ‘10% rule’ (that is, if you are 10less than 10% or just on it, over the limit, you won’t usually get a fine) is a complete myth, but hopefully no one still believes this.

Fines take between 1-2 weeks to arrive.

buzz819 6:27 am 12 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The mailing system is an inefficient and counter-productive system. 2 weeks to a month? That is SLACK and they don’t deserve a cent for their efforts let alone the huge gouges they demand from your hip pocket whatever the excuse.

Mobile and fixed speed cameras are a joke for this reason. If you have been booked, you are entitled to know STRAIGHTAWAY, not weeks and weeks later when you can’t remember where you were let alone what speed you were doing at that particular place and time.

I dunno, last time I got nailed by one in Canberra I had a letter 2 days later, Victoria 4 days later.

Not quite as fast as on the spot and definitely not a deterant as you aren’t told at the time, but I didn’t have to wait weeks for it.

Mr Gillespie 6:38 pm 11 Feb 12

The mailing system is an inefficient and counter-productive system. 2 weeks to a month? That is SLACK and they don’t deserve a cent for their efforts let alone the huge gouges they demand from your hip pocket whatever the excuse.

Mobile and fixed speed cameras are a joke for this reason. If you have been booked, you are entitled to know STRAIGHTAWAY, not weeks and weeks later when you can’t remember where you were let alone what speed you were doing at that particular place and time.

lobster 5:58 pm 11 Feb 12

My friend got one a month after it occured in the mail. They are normally a week or two though.

milkman 1:03 pm 11 Feb 12

If it was a cop and you weren’t pulled over, you’re free and clear. They won’t typically pull you over for a couple over anyway.

Mysteryman 12:58 pm 11 Feb 12

Canberra police are generally very reasonable with speeding fines. It’s not likely you’ll get fined for a couple of k’s of the limit (within reason). Police officers with radar guns issue the fine immediately after pulling you over. You won’t get a letter in the mail unless you are done by a speed camera (mobile or fixed).

KeenGolfer 12:09 pm 11 Feb 12

arescarti42 said :

More importantly, I don’t think an officer with a radar gun has the capacity to send out fines in the mail.

Incorrect. It doesn’t normally happen but police certainly can and occasionally do send out fines in the mail when the driver was not stopped. They can be sent within 12 months of thd offence.

Tooks 11:25 am 11 Feb 12

If he didn’t stop you, you’re not getting a fine.

arescarti42 11:21 am 11 Feb 12

I got nabbed by a fixed speed camera once, I think it took about a week for the fine to show up in the mail.

I suspect there probably is a bit of leeway with regard to speed.

More importantly, I don’t think an officer with a radar gun has the capacity to send out fines in the mail.

bd84 11:09 am 11 Feb 12

If he didn’t stop you, you weren’t speeding. Your speedo will show a speed that is faster than you are actually doing, depending on a number of things, it will probably be about 5kph difference.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:05 am 11 Feb 12

I think you’ll find that if indeed you were caught speeding by the Police Officer with the radar gun, you would have been pulled over immediately and fined on the spot.

54-11 10:57 am 11 Feb 12

If it was a cop, and he didn’t stop you, you are probably OK. They usually do on-the-spot fines only. With cameras, it is a week or two before the letter arrives.

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