Do I have to attend court for a driving ban?

Do I have to attend court for a driving ban?

Your attendance is not strictly required at the trial but it may be in your interests to attend, particularly if it would assist your case to give evidence before the Court. If you intend to plead guilty and a disqualification from driving is a possibility your attendance will be required.

What happens if you get caught driving while disqualified in NZ?

If you’re caught driving while disqualified or suspended, the vehicle you’re driving will be seized and impounded for 28 days. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your vehicle or not.

What offence is driving while disqualified?

Driving whilst disqualified is an offence covered under Section 103b of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and states that a person is guilty if, while disqualified, they drive a motor vehicle on the road.

How long does a disqualified driver have to go to court for?

Certain disqualified drivers can apply to the Local Court to have their disqualification lifted early if they have complied with their disqualification period for a minimum of two or four years (depending on the circumstances of their case).

Can a disqualified driver apply to have their disqualification lifted?

To protect community safety, disqualified drivers convicted of serious driving offences are ineligible to have their disqualifications lifted. A disqualified driver who has at any time been convicted of one of these serious driving offences will never be eligible to apply to remove their licence disqualification:

How long can you be disqualified from driving if your licence is cancelled?

Minimum and automatic disqualification periods also now apply to unauthorised driving offences, as per other traffic offences. For example, if an offender is convicted of driving while their licence is disqualified, cancelled or suspended, the automatic disqualification for the first offence is six months.

Is there a maximum fine for driving whilst disqualified?

There is no statutory maximum period of disqualification. The court should determine the appropriate level of fine in accordance with this guideline and section 125 of the Sentencing Code, which requires that the fine must reflect the seriousness of the offence and that the court must take into account the financial circumstances of the offender.

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