Changes to the Road Rules

Changes to the road rules are coming. Penalties are increasing. And three major, and commonly broken, road rules – Failing to Wear a Seatbelt, Failing to Stop at Red Light, and Speeding – will have higher fines and demerit point penalties, from 1 July 2022. The Department of Transport and Main Roads state that the number…

Interlock program changes in Queensland

On the 4th of September this year, the State Government passed legislation amending our traffic law and amend the interlock program to be tougher on drink driving. Whilst the alcohol interlock program isn’t new, the tougher amendments now provide that mandatory interlocks devices will need to be fitted to any vehicle driven by a person…

New Automatic Licence Suspensions in New South Wales

New South Wales legislation will change for all first-time offenders on low range drink driving & drive with illicit drugs present in saliva/blood charges from the 20th of May 2019. What is low range drink driving? You are considered to have committed a low range drink driving offence if you are the holder of a…

Special Hardship Order

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have recently reviewed the regulations surrounding special hardship orders. What is a special hardship order? A special hardship order is a court order allowing you to drivefor specific reason(s) under restricted conditions, despite the fact your provisional or open licence has been suspended. Your licence may be suspended…

cyclist laws
Gold Coast Traffic Lawyer looks at cyclist laws on the web this week

Three months in to the new cyclist laws aimed at safety, questions are being raised as to whether the new traffic laws are effective. The Courier Mail questions whether it is working and indicates that cyclists are worse off under the new cyclist laws. Since April 7, just four motorists have been fined under the new…

Legal Privacy

Legal privacy is a serious issue and at Gold Coast Traffic Lawyer, we treat it that way. Unless you are a teenager, it’s not all that cool to be appearing in Court. It’s embarrassing for most. And not something you want others to know about. You made a mistake. Maybe you miscalculated how much you…

Gold Coast Traffic Law: on the web

This week’s Gold Coast Traffic Law on the web: Gold Coast pair face court over road rage attack … Frank’s lawyer told the Court that she had been living out of her car with her two children and had a …(more) Gold Coast Suns footballer Harley Bennell has appeared in court and been fined over…

Changes to traffic legislation

Artwork courtesy of Gold Coast Bulletin On the 7th of April, new laws will come into effect requiring drivers of motor vehicles on Qld roads to keep a minimum safe distance from bicycle riders at all times. The laws make it illegal to come within 1 metre of a person riding a bicycle on any…

Recent changes to impounding of vehicles

DID YOU KNOW? – Impoundment Legislation In November 2013, Queensland Parliament amended the law that permits Police to seize and impound vehicles alleged to have been used to commit certain traffic offences. There is now much greater scope for your vehicle to be impounded if you are alleged to have committed a traffic offence –…