A work licence is a special drivers licence that lets you drive for work if your licence has been cancelled because of drink driving or a similar offence.
You can apply for a restricted work licence if you have been charged with drink or drug driving.
You cannot if your offence is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Or failing to provide a specimen of breath (at a police station).
The work licence allows you to continue driving for work related purposes during your period of disqualification.
Applications for a Work Licence
There is a large number of conditions that you must satisfy before a work licence is granted by a Magistrate.
Our traffic lawyers prepare Affidavit material to place before the Court so that the Magistrate can see that the eligibility criteria is met. A Magistrates decision is final and cannot be appealed. So it is important that your documents are prepared by an experienced traffic lawyer.
Our traffic lawyers will take you through the eligibility criteria during your first discussion. We will then explain the court process and procedure before preparing all the necessary documentation.
In circumstances where a work licence is granted, it is normal for the disqualification period to be doubled by the Magistrate to reflect the change in penalty. The work licence is issued subject to special conditions as deemed by the Magistrate. It is an offence to breach any of the conditions attached to the licence. If you do, not only do you lose your work licence, but you are also subject to further penalty and disqualification periods.
What to do next
Unfortunately, we often are contacted by people after they have failed to obtain a work licence from a Magistrate. We sadly have to tell them that we can’t help them.
So it is very important that you have legal representation that is experienced in dealing with traffic law offences.
The Queensland legislation regulating the use of motor vehicles on this state’s roads is continuously evolving and expanding. Mandatory disqualification periods are imposed for offences including speeding in excess of 40 kmph over the speed limit; to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; driving whilst disqualified by a court order; to dangerous driving causing death or grievous bodily harm. The court imposed penalties can range from fines to imprisonment. Some areas of traffic law can be complex, so it is important that you obtain effective legal representation to examine your matter and provide advice as to how it should be best dealt with in a timely and cost effective way.