What is drive suspended?

Driving whilst suspended is a serious charge, particularly if you have offended on more than one occasion. Offenders can face heavy penalties (including gaol) especially where an offence is aggravated. Examples of aggravating circumstances include: repeat offending, passengers in the vehicle, erratic driving etc.

A conviction will result in the court disqualifying your license. This means that you must reapply for a new license if you choose to drive after a period of disqualification.

What happens after I am caught driving suspended?

Police will issue you with a Court Attendance Notice, requiring you to attend court on the date specified on the notice.

What are my options?

What penalties or outcomes are available?

Note: Where a person has been suspended for not paying fines, the penalties differ as follows:

PenaltiesFirst OffenceSecond or subsequent offence
Automatic license disqualification3 months12 months
Minimum license disqualification1 month3 months
Maximum licence disqualificationUnlimitedUnlimited
Maximum court fine$3,300$5,500
Maximum gaol termZero6 months

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