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Court prosecution results for fine and demerit point avoidance

We aim to maximise voluntary compliance but if we identify deliberate or serious attempts at avoidance of fines and demerit points we will prosecute offenders. This is necessary to:

  • maintain public confidence in the administration of the NSW penalty notice system
  • act as a deterrent to others considering similar behaviour.

Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. Please be warned that the prosecution results for penalty notice and demerit avoidance included fines up to $4,400 and loss of driving privileges of 2 years.

Our recent court cases

We publicise prosecution outcomes to raise awareness of the consequences of attempting to avoid fines and/or demerit points.

Offence details

Fail to Nominate

The law: A person who receives a penalty notice for a camera recorded offence, and was not the driver of the vehicle at the time the offence must, within 21 days supply the name and address of the person who was in charge of the vehicle at the time of the offence.

What does this mean: If you were not the driver, it is a serious offence not to nominate another person.

False Nomination

The law: A person must not falsely nominate another person as the person who was in charge of the vehicle at the time the offence occurred.

What does this mean: It is a serious offence to provide false or misleading information when nominating another person.

Unlicensed Driving

The law: A person must not drive a motor vehicle on any road without being licensed.

What does this mean: It is a serious offence to drive a motor vehicle without a licence or the correct licence type for the vehicle being driven.

18 October 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 50 year old female from Bankstown was detected for a speeding offence at Blacktown. OSR's investigation found she did not hold a valid licence at the time of the offences. She was charged with failing to nominate another person.

Outcome: She was convicted and fined $500, with $174 court costs.

12 October 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 51 year old male from Belmore was detected for traffic offences. OSR's investigation found he did not hold a valid licence at the time of the offences. He was charged with 20 counts of unlicensed driving.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $24,000, with $450 professional costs and $1,740 court costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months with a 12 month good behaviour bond.

8 September 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 35 year old male from Surfers Paradise nominated an international driver for speeding and red light offences. OSR's investigation found no evidence to show the nominated person ever existed. He was charged with 6 counts of falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $6,600, with $1,000 professional costs and $783 court costs and disqualified from driving for 6 months.

8 September 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A company from Drummoyne nominated an international driver for speeding offences. OSR's investigation found no evidence to show the nominated person ever existed. The company was charged with 3 counts of falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: The company was convicted and fined $3,300, with $440 professional costs and $552 court costs.

11 August 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 22 year old male from Yagoona nominated a 48 year old female for a speeding offence which took place in Guildford. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia and did not hold a valid license at the time of the offence. He was charged with falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $1,100, with $600 professional costs and $174 court costs.

8 August 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 36 year old male from Lakemba nominated an international driver for a speeding offence which took place in Wooloomooloo. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offence. He was charged with falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $1,754, with $1,800 professional costs and $174 court costs.

8 August 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A company from Belmore nominated an international driver for a traffic offence which took place in Kingsgrove. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offence. The company was charged with 1 count of false statement.

Outcome: The company was convicted and fined $5,248, with $1,800 professional costs and $174 court costs.

8 August 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 31 year old male from Granville nominated an international driver for red light offences. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offences. He was charged with 2 counts of falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $3,840, with $1,800 professional costs and $348 court costs.

8 August 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 47 year old male from Minto nominated an international driver for a speeding offence which took place in Sydney. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offence. He was charged with falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $1,915, with $1,800 professional costs and $174 court costs.

26 July 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 50 year old female from Merrylands nominated international drivers for speeding offences. OSR's investigation found that the nominees were not in Australia at the time of the offences. She was charged with 6 counts of falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: She was convicted and fined $1,200, with $2,500 professional costs and $1131 court costs and disqualified from driving for 3 years.

21 June 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A company from Chullora nominated an international driver for speeding offences. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offences. The company also failed to nominate a driver for other speeding and traffic offences. The company was charged with 2 counts of falsely nominating another person and 5 counts of failing to nominate another person.

Outcome: The company was convicted and fined $23,100, with $400 professional costs and $783 court costs.

21 June 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A company from Greenacre nominated an international driver for speeding offences. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offences. The company was charged with 3 counts of falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: The company was convicted and fined $13,200, with $400 professional costs and $348 court costs.

17 May 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 47 year old male from Woolloomooloo nominated a 20 year old female for speeding and traffic offences. OSR's investigation found that the she was not the driver at the time of the offences. He was charged with 6 counts of falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $8,800, with $5,000 professional costs and $1,131 court costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

10 May 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 49 year old female from Edmondson Park was nominated for a speeding offence at Guildford. OSR's investigation found that the she was not in Australia at the time of the offence. She was charged with failing to nominate another person.

Outcome: She was convicted and fined $1,000, with $350 professional costs.

10 May 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 43 year old male from Keiraville was detected for speeding and traffic offences. OSR's investigation found that the driver did not hold a valid licence at the time of the offences. He was charged with drive whilst suspended.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $1,300, with $350 professional costs and $348 court costs and was disqualified from driving for 3 months.

10 May 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 31 year old female from Greystanes nominated a 69 year old male for a speeding offence which took place at North Ryde. OSR's investigation found that the nominee was not in Australia at the time of the offence. She was charged with falsely nominating another person.

Outcome: She was convicted and fined $1,500, with $300 professional costs and $87 court costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

10 May 2016: Downing Centre Local Court

Summary: A 56 year old male from Dickson ACT was nominated for speeding and traffic offences. OSR's investigation found that the nominee did not hold a valid licence at the time of the offences. He was charged with unlicensed driving.

Outcome: He was convicted and fined $6,080, with $800 professional costs, and $696 court costs and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Last updated: 18 January 2017