Driving While Disqualified

Driving a motor vehicle with a disqualified driver licence is illegal under Section 54(1) of the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW).

This offence is committed by any individual who drives a motor vehicle on a road or road related area whilst their licence is disqualified. A licence is disqualified only if the court has made an order to that effect after a previous traffic offence. If the police or the Roads and Maritime Services NSW made the determination, an individual’s licence is suspended.

The maximum penalty for a first offence of this type is a fine of $3300 and/or 6 months imprisonment, as well as an automatic further disqualification of 6 months. This increases to $5500 and/or 12 months imprisonment with a further disqualification of 12 months for a second or subsequent offence.

Driving whilst Disqualified is a serious offence and regardless of whether you are a first time offender or not, a criminal conviction may be recorded.

The effect of a criminal conviction is significant. It will affect multiple aspects of your life. Employers often conduct police background checks on employee candidates as a common practise. These official checks not only reveal that a conviction is recorded but also the specific charge against you. Employers are well within their rights to take this into consideration when choosing whether to employee you or not.

It is possible to avoid a criminal conviction and a disqualification period. Our dedicated team can represent you at any court. We have represented taxi drivers, uber drivers, bus drivers, tow truck drivers, courier drivers and everyday drivers. We will fight to achieve the best result possible for you. With our extensive knowledge of criminal and traffic law, you can be rest assured that you are receiving the best advice and representation possible.