Have you been instantly disqualified at the roadside for 28 days?
You want to know the law?
Since 3 May 1999, driver licence holders caught committing a serious driving offence will have their licence suspended at the roadside for 28 days.
Roadside licence suspension is part of a tough range of measures aimed at improving road safety.
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Roadside licence suspension is an instant and severe penalty for driving in a manner which puts other road users' lives at risk.
To work effectively, roadside licence suspension requires photo driver licences to be carried at all times when driving, so that driver identification is quick and easy. It also works in tandem with another penalty: roadside vehicle impoundment.
What is roadside licence suspension?
Roadside licence suspension is only used in cases where serious traffic offences have been committed. In summary, your licence will be suspended immediately for 28 days if you:
are caught drink-driving with 650 + in your breath or 130 + in your blood. Of course, they don't take blood at the scene, so the power only, in reality, relates to an excess breath alcohol level.
are caught speeding at more than 40 km/h above any applicable speed limit (does not apply to speed camera offences); or refuse to supply a blood sample.
This is called roadside licence suspension, but it can happen anywhere - at the roadside after you're pulled over for speeding, at a police station or wherever the Police find you after they receive confirmation that your blood-alcohol level significantly exceeded the legal limit.
Roadside licence suspension is an instant and severe penalty for driving in a way that puts the lives of other road users at risk.
What happens if my licence is suspended?
You are given a suspension notice by the Police which will inform you that the 28 day suspension of your licence takes effect immediately. You will not be able to drive home.
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