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Penalties for Traffic Offences

Drivers Warned They Face Fines for Dirty Cars

by Sonia Hickey
Yes, the country is in drought. But water restrictions are no excuse for not washing your car, as far as New South Wales police are concerned. Having a dirty vehicle is an offence and it comes with serious penalties. In...

Thousands of Drivers Allegedly Caught by Mobile Phone Detection Cameras

by Sonia Hickey
Just over a week ago, the New South Wales Government introduced new mobile phone detection cameras across the state. During that period, more than 3,000 drivers have allegedly been caught illegally using their phones while driving. Around 45 fixed and...

Changes to the 40KM/H “Slow Down, Move Over” Road Rule

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
As of this Thursday, the year-old New South Wales rule requiring vehicles to slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road will be changed. Since 1 September 2018, the “slow down, move over”...

The Offence of Police Pursuit in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
A man will face Gosford Local Court today after allegedly leading police on a chase before ramming a police car and causing injuries to two officers. It has been reported that at around 8.45am yesterday, highway patrol officers detected a...

The Offence of Mid-Range Drink Driving in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
New South Wales Waratahs and Australian Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been fined and disqualified from driving after pleading guilty in Downing Centre Local Court to driving with a middle range prescribed concentration of alcohol and driving whilst suspended. According...

Drivers Face Fines for ‘Normal’ Passenger Behaviour

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
It’s a law you may not know about, but certainly one worth brushing up on. You’re on a long drive and your front seat passenger is relaxing watching a YouTube clip or a movie on a tablet or smart phone....

When is it Illegal to Use A Vehicle’s Horn?

by Ugur Nedim
Regulation 224 of the Road Rules 2014 (NSW) states that a driver must not use, or allow to be used, a horn, or similar warning device, fitted to or in the driver’s vehicle unless: it is necessary to use the horn,...

New Drink Driving and Drug Driving Laws in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
On 25th September 2018, the New South Wales parliament passed the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Penalties and Other Sanctions) Bill which comes into effect across the state on Monday, 20 May 2019. The legislation amends the Road Transport Act 2013...

Driver Accumulates 28 Demerit Points in Road Blitz

by Sonia Hickey
A driver on the New South Wales Central Coast has accumulated 28 demerit points and fined $1348 after being pulled over by Police for using her phone while driving. A mother, she had all three children in the car’s back...

The Offence of Jaywalking in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
Ever wondered when and where you are permitted to cross a public road in New South Wales? Or what might happen if you cross the road unlawfully? Well here’s an summary of the main rules: You can only start crossing...
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