Disqualified drivers can reapply for their licences under the new reforms
Reforms to the driving licence disqualification scheme were introduced in October last year. The changes allow people who have had their licence disqualified to apply to the courts to have the remaining disqualification period removed. They will need to prove that they have not reoffended and need to drive for work.
Nearly 700 disqualified drivers have been allowed by the courts to reapply for their licences since the changes have been implemented. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have assisted many clients in these applications. The reforms are life-changing because it means that many people who have been harshly impacted by their licence disqualification now have a chance to drive legally again.
Licence disqualification can have a harsh impact on some people
It has been reported that up to 75 per cent of disqualified and suspended drivers continue to drive unlawfully. Driving with a disqualified or suspended licence is the third most common offence in NSW courts. It is clear that the previous system failed to deter people from offending. This is especially the case with people living in remote and rural areas who are harshly impacted by licence disqualification. Many feel forced to drive without a valid licence because it is their only option for transportation.
The driving licence reforms are positive and give people a second chance. It allows people to move on from the mistakes of the past, and ensures that those who have been harshly affected by licence disqualification can live their day-to-day lives, and maintain their livelihood.
If you have had your licence disqualified and believe you are eligible to apply to have your remaining disqualification period removed, speak to O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors for assistance with your application. Call us on (02) 9261 4281.