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There are many offences involving the use of motor vehicles. The offences can be grouped under three headings:

  • use of a motor vehicle when not authorised to do so, for example, driving while disqualified;
  • use of a motor vehicle in a manner proscribed by law, for example, dangerous driving;
  • use of a motor vehicle which does not comply with safety or registration requirements, for example, driving a motor vehicle without third party insurance or registration.

The main offences are contained in the:

  • Traffic Act 1925, the Traffic (General and Local) Regulations 1999 and Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 1999;
  • Road Safety (Alcohol and Drugs) Act 1970;
  • Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999; and
  • Criminal Code 1924.

This part deals with some of the more important offences, as well as looking at the way courts handle traffic offence cases.

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