In Australia, if your licence is suspended for drunk driving, dangerous driving etc., and you have to drive for work, you may apply to the court for a “work licence”.
In terms of the conditions for applying for a work driver’s licence, you need to meet the following requirements:
In terms of the application time limit, you must apply to the court before you are convicted, otherwise, you will not be able to apply for a work licence once you are convicted and have your licence revoked.
The application materials mainly include:
The judge will consider your personal character, the impact of losing your driver’s licence on your income and family finances before deciding whether to grant your driver’s licence.
If you need to apply for a work driver’s licence, please contact a professional transportation lawyer at Ascent Lawyers to assist you.
A work licence is a licence that allows you to drive for work even though your driver licence has been cancelled due to drink driving or a similar offence. According to section 87 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995, a work licence is officially known as a restricted licence.
However, it does not automatically apply to everyone in a similar scenario. You have to apply to the Magistrate Court for an order. There are strict criteria which the Court will take into consideration before accepting your application. If you would like to apply for a work licence, please contact Ascent Lawyers.
You may apply for a work licence if:
The above listed are some of those general criteria that have to be met. However, meeting those criteria does not guarantee you a work licence. If you wish to know more, please contact Ascent Lawyers.
You are not eligible for a work licence if:
Any other reasons that are unrelated to work will not be considered. For instance, you are the only driver in the family and you need the licence to drive your family members around. This may sound like a reasonable excuse, however, it is not one of those reasons that could be taken into consideration.
Although you may be granted a work licence, the Court holds the discretion to restrict how you may use the work licence, such as:
It is important to notify the Court of your intention to apply for a work licence before you are found guilty of a traffic offence.
You should make the application in the same Court you will attend for the traffic offence charge.
It is too late to make a work licence application after the Court has disqualified your driver licence.
Although you are required to make the work licence application while attending the Court for your traffic offence, the Court will generally not hear your application on the first Court date generally.
You should advise the Court of your intention to apply for a work licence and the Court will set a time and date for your application to be heard. The prescribed date will most likely be adjourned to a few weeks later.
To make a work licence application, you must provide the following documents to the court:
This is basically a written statement where you confirm by oath or affirmation, addressing your personal, work, financial and driving circumstances. This is an opportunity for you to explain why your work licence should be granted.
The employer needs to address the necessity of holding a work licence for your job and an explicit statement that you will lose your job if you are not issued with a work licence.
Please note that the affidavit must be in the right format and contain all the required information in order to satisfy the Court. This could be a complicated process. We suggest you contact Ascent Lawyers to seek professional advice.
At the Magistrate Court, the Magistrate will consider your application by referring to the requirements stated in section 87 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995:
The police officer can object to you being granted a work licence. However, the Magistrate retains the rights to make the final decision as to whether you should be granted a work licence.
By considering various factors on this issue, the general answer is yes. Here is why: