Third time caught without licence
A BUNDABERG woman could have her car locked away for three months after she was allegedly caught driving without a licence for the third time.
The 23-year-old was picked up by police on Ford Street, Bundaberg South, about 12.30am yesterday.
Her Daewoo car has been seized for 48 hours under anti-hoon legislation, and police will make an application to the court to have her car impounded for three months in a bid to keep her off the roads.
Bundaberg police traffic branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said about five cars were forfeited every year for three months or longer for repeated driving offences.
“Normally by the stage they have been caught once or twice, (offenders) get the message,” Sgt Arnold said.
“If they have been caught three times in five years, their car will not just be taken for 48 hours — we can apply to have their cars seized permanently.”
Sgt Arnold said so far this year in Bundaberg 197 people have been caught without a valid licence.
“They’ve either never held a licence, had it suspended for defaulting on SPER fines or had it suspended by a court order,” he said.
“If they have never held a licence, that puts a question mark over their driving ability and road-safety awareness, but even if they have previously held a licence that has been cancelled, it voids all insurance and protection under compulsary third party insurance and registration.”
Sgt Arnold said penalties increased each time a driver was caught.
“There’s a $300 fine, and the period of disqualification increases if someone is caught again,” he said.
“They can also get an absolute disqualification, which means they will never be able to hold a licence again.”
The woman will face Bundaberg Magistrates Court at a later date.