​Driving

What should my client do if they have received a fine for a traffic offence?

If you get a fine for a traffic offence, you have several options:
  • If you weren’t driving the vehicle at the time — you can fill in the form that comes with the fine and put the name of the person who was driving
  • If you think the fine was not fair or that you should not have been fined — you can ask Revenue NSW to review it
  • Pay the fine — either in full, or by instalments over a period of time
  • Apply for a Work and Development Order (WDO)
  • Elect (choose) to go to court. You should get legal advice before they choose to do this.
If you do nothing then Revenue NSW will:
  • send a penalty reminder notice
  • send a ‘Pay Now’ notice and add extra fees
  • take ‘enforcement action’ to get you to pay the fine. They can:
    • cancel your driver licence and motor vehicle registration
    • garnish (take money directly from) your wages or bank accounts
    • get a court order to seize (take) your property

My client has had a car accident – what should they do?

After a car accident you should:

  • call 000 if you think someone needs medical help
  • report the accident to the police if:
    • someone was killed or injured
    • another driver refused to give you their details, or
    • a vehicle was towed away
  • exchange details with the other driver
  • take photos of the damage to your car and the other person’s car
  • get the contact details of any witnesses who saw the accident
  • speak to your insurance company if you are insured and want to make a claim on your policy.
The Financial Rights Legal Centre’s Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver is a helpful resource. It will ask you questions and then, based on your answers, it will give you information and template letters.

If you are injured in a car accident you can make a claim for personal injury benefits by going to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority website.

For legal advice


A free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and sometimes advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW.

They can refer people to their closest legal service, including their closest Community Legal Centre.
1300 888 529

How can my client get a driver’s licence?

To get a learner licence, you must:
  • be at least 16 years old
  • pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT)
  • prove your identity
  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the licence and test fees — unless you can get a concession.
To apply for a P1 licence you must:
  • be at least 17 years old
  • have held a learner licence for at least 12 months — unless you are 25 or older
  • have logged at least 120 hours driving time in the Learner Driver Log Book (including at least 20 hours of night driving) — unless you are 25 years or older
  • prove your identity
  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the licence and test fees — unless you can get a concession
  • pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
  • pass the driving test.
To apply for a P2 licence you must:
  • have held your P1 licence for at least 12 months
  • prove you identity
  • pay the licence and test fees — unless you can get a concession.
To apply for a full licence you must:
  • have held your P2 licence for at least 24 months
  • prove your identity
  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the licence and test fees — unless you can get a concession.
If you move to NSW you can use your interstate or overseas licence for up to 3 months. After that you must apply for a NSW driver licence.

Site content is current as at November 2018

​For more information

LawAccess NSW — Have you got a fine?

LawAccess NSW — car accidents

The Financial Rights Legal Centre’s Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver — it asks you questions and then, based on your answers, give you information and template letters.

Guide for community workers

Download the PDF version of the Community Workers Guide [PDF 871kb]

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