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Infringements Act of 2006

Under the Infringements Act of 2006, there are four kinds of infringements that directly affect private motorists:

  • the excessive speed infringement,
  • the drug-driving infringement,
  • the drink-driving infringement and
  • the drinking while driving infringement.

Under this law, the police is given the authority to immediately issue a traffic infringement notice against a driver who is apprehended for driving in excess of the designated speed limit, for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and for drinking while driving.

The issuance of an infringement notice by the police has the effect of immediately suspending the driver’s license of the driver; immediately disqualifying him from driving and disabling the driver from obtaining a new license or a license renewal; and more importantly, it also suspends and cancels the registration of the vehicle that the driver was operating at the time that he was apprehended.

The infringement notice also includes the amount of fine which the driver must pay as a penalty for the traffic offence he had committed. It also specifies the date on which the driver may appear before the Magistrate’s Court in case he decides to challenge the issuance of the traffic infringement notice to him by the police.

There are drivers who simply decide to just pay the fine and wait out the period of suspension and or disqualification of their license and the vehicle’s registration. This means that they will be unable to drive for a spell. There are drivers who hire lawyers and appear before the Magistrate’s Court to prove that the traffic infringement was unjustly issued or that there was no evidence for the issuance of the traffic infringement.

You cannot just ignore a traffic infringement and hope that it will go away if you ignore it. You only have two recourses: to challenge it or to pay it. To ignore it would prove disastrous to you as you will be considered a fine defaulter and this will open you to more charges of traffic offences.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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