Category: Traffic Law

Digital Driver Licences are On the Way


The NSW government plans to phase out plastic driver licences and replace them with digital ones, making the new version available on smartphones through the Service NSW app. It says digital licences will work the same way as current ones, valid for roadside police checks, entry into pubs and clubs and proof of identity. It ...

Drug Driving Laws Criminalise the Legal Use of Cannabis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Berejiklian government announced in January that NSW police are set to more than double the number of roadside drug tests they conduct from 97,000 to 200,000 a year by 2020. And along with more tests, another drug will be added to the list that officers test for. As of ...

Victoria Police Officers Faked 250,000 Breath Tests – But Won’t be Punished


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The revelations that Victorian police officers who systematically reported fake breath tests will not face disciplinary action is further evidence that officers are being permitted to engage in misconduct without repercussions. The story so far An investigation revealed that in the past five years, Victorian police officers faked 258,000 ...

Give Distance to Cyclists or Face the Consequences


The Minimum Passing Distance rule has been retained as a permanent road rule in New South Wales, after a trial of the rule was hailed a success. The rule requires motorists to leave a minimum one-metre gap when passing cyclists who are travelling in the same direction. That distance bumps up to 1.5 metres when ...

NSW Government Says its Hidden Cameras Reveal Shocking Driver Conduct


Last month, the New South Wales government announced it would be trialling high-tech cameras capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far away as a kilometre, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. The crackdown came after two police officers were injured when a van crashed into an RBT site earlier this year. ...

Testicles May Have Caused Symptoms After Crash, Not Drugs


A NSW judge who sentenced a man to a minimum of more than two years prison for causing a fatal car crash, says she could not be certain that illegal drugs caused his erratic driving, despite a blood test establishing the presence of THC and Amphetamines in his system. Guilty plea 34-year old Stephen Farquhar ...

Anti-Woman Movement Appears to Have Incited Toronto Attack


Alek Minassian ploughed a rented van into pedestrians along a 2 kilometre stretch of road in North Toronto on April 23. The 25-year-old college student killed 10 people and injured 14 more, in what witnesses said was a purposeful attack. Described as a “socially awkward” man, Minassian has been charged with 10 counts of first degree ...

No More ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW


On 24 October 2017, the NSW Parliament assented to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 (the Act) which, as the name suggests, amends the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Sentencing Act) in respect of the sentencing options available to courts in New South Wales. The Act abolishes the following sentencing options in ...

Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use


The New South Wales Government will be trialling high-tech cameras which they say are capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far as kilometre away, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for a crackdown on mobile phone use after two police officers were injured when a van ...

Another ‘Wicked’ Campervan Banned


Wicked Campers has had yet another of its vans banned by Ad Standards, but its vans continue to attract anger on the streets. The most recent slogan to come before Ad Standards was painted similarly to a Dr Suess book, and featured a caricature of Walter White from Breaking Bad with the words “Mr White ...