A Special Hardship Order (SHO) is a court order that permits you to drive on your Queensland driver licence under certain restrictions. The following mentioned are some of the examples of restrictions:
You may be eligible to apply for a SHO if your Queensland provisional or open driver licence has been suspended due to the following reasons:
A learner licence holder is not eligible to apply for a SHO.
You are not eligible to apply for a SHO if, within 5 years before the suspension of you driver licence:
However, there are some exceptions. You may still be eligible to apply for a SHO if you have received:
If you would like to apply for a SHO, you should:
Your licence suspension will be lifted until the day before the court hearing.
Once the Magistrate finds that you have satisfied the following criteria, you may be granted a SHO:
You may return to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to get a replacement licence.
You are required to complete a Replacement Driver Licence/Driver Licence Receipt/Licence Label Application (form F3006) and pay the fee.
You will hold a replacement license with an ‘X3 ‘condition code. In other words, you are required to carry it along with you whenever you drive according to the SHO.
Unfortunately, your driver licence suspension period will be reapplied for the remaining period. However, the time before the SHO application will be deducted.
The SHO will apply for the licence suspension period and it will begin from the court order date.
Short answer is yes. You may apply to vary the restrictions stated on your SHO. However, this is subject to changes of circumstances. You are required to complete a Variation of Special Hardship Order or Section 79E Order (form F4375).
If you breached the restrictions of your SHO, you may be penalized to pay a fine of more than $2300. In addition, you may be disqualified from holding a driver licence:
You should return to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, requesting your license to be reissued at no charge. Since then, you are no longer restricted to the ‘X3’ condition code.