In the state of New South Wales (NSW) police have the power to suspend a driver’s licence on the spot in certain circumstances. This is known as an ‘immediate licence suspension.’
In NSW, police can immediately suspend a driver’s licence if they reasonably believe that the driver is:
– Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
– Driving at a speed of more than 45 km/h over the speed limit
– Engaging in a police pursuit
– Drag racing or street racing
– Driving recklessly or dangerously
– Committing a hooning offence
– Failing to stop for police when directed to do so.
When does the Police Suspension take effect?
When police suspend a driver’s licence on the spot, they will issue a Notice of Suspension, meaning the ‘Suspension’ takes effect immediately. The driver is NOT allowed to drive until their licence is reinstated.
The length of the suspension will depend on the offence committed and other factors such as the driver’s traffic record etc.
It’s important to note that if you have had your licence suspended on the spot, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.
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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 8th May 2023.
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