Traffic Law - Common Offences and Penalties
A List of Traffic Law Common Offences & Penalties
Traffic Law in NSW is a complex and an extensive system of Rules and Regulations. It is not uncommon for an individual charged with an offence under one piece of legislation to be sentenced by a penalty prescribed under different legislation. A summary of the most common offences and their penalties as at April 2011 are listed below:
When a person appears before the Court for a Traffic Offence a copy of their NSW Criminal Record and NSW R.T.A. Traffic History is tendered to the Court by the Prosecution. If an individual has been convicted of a major traffic offence within the last five years they will be sentenced to the second offence penalty. If a person has been charged with the same offence or any other major offence and were convicted of that offence more than five years ago the second offence penalties will not apply and they will be sentenced under the first offence penalties.
Note: Major Offences are marked with an *. The above list does not include all Major Offences as prescribed by the Legislation and you should obtain legal advice immediately if charged with a traffic offence.
Author: Matthew Carney