Vehicle licence penalties

Penalties are applied when transfers are not affected within the prescribed time, a vehicle work order is not complied with, or vehicle number plates are not returned.

  About vehicle licence penalties

Penalties are applied when:

  • A transfer of a vehicle licence is not affected within the prescribed time.
  • A vehicle work order is not complied with in the required time, or
  • Vehicle number plates are not returned either on request or within the prescribed time.

  Referral to fines enforcement registry

If you do not pay a fine or infringement notice by the due date, the matter will be referred to the fines enforcement registry for follow up action. The registry will issue an order to pay the fine or elect to have the matter dealt with by a court. If you do not make an election or pay the fine, a Notice of Intention to Suspend Licences will be issued.

Failure to comply with the notice within the prescribed time will result in your driver's licence or vehicle licence(s) being suspended. The suspension will not be lifted until the fine, including any additional fee is paid.

Where a driver's or vehicle licence is suspended due to a fine default, the suspension will be lifted upon payment of the fine.

  Plate return follow-up (WA)

If you are the owner of a WA licensed vehicle, you must renew the vehicle licence or return the number plates within three months of the licence expiry date. If you do not renew the vehicle licence or return the plates within the prescribed period, you will be issued with a 'Notice of Expired Vehicle Licence'.

If you fail to comply with the 'Notice of Expired Vehicle Licence', an infringement notice will be issued. If you fail to comply with the infringement notice within 28 days, a final demand for payment will be issued. The final demand for payment includes an additional fee for non-payment of the original infringement notice. You can:

  • Pay the total fees by the due date shown on the final demand; or
  • Elect to have the matter determined by a court; or
  • Advise us that you did not purchase the vehicle by completing the statement on the reverse of the final demand for payment.

If no action is taken, the matter will be referred to the fines enforcement registry for action. More information about the fines enforcement registry can be found on the Department of the Attorney General's website.

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  Transfer invoice and infringement notice

If you are the new owner of a vehicle and you fail to make an application to transfer the vehicle licence within 28 days of the issue of the 'Transfer of Vehicle Licence' invoice, you will commit an offence and will be issued with an infringement notice. You can:

  • Pay the total fees by the due date shown on the notice.
  • Elect to have the matter determined by a court, or
  • Advise us that you did not purchase the vehicle by completing the statement on the reverse of the infringement notice.

If you take no action by the due date of the infringement notice, a final demand for payment will be issued, together with an additional fee for non-payment of the original infringement notice. You can:

  • Pay the total fees by the due date shown on the final demand for payment.
  • Elect to have the matter determined by a court, or
  • Advise us that you did not purchase the vehicle by completing the statement on the reverse of the final demand for payment.

If no action is taken by the due date of the final demand for payment, the matter will be referred to the fines enforcement registry for action.

  Work order cancellations/extensions

If you own a vehicle that has been issued with a work order, you must have the vehicle inspected or alternatively return the number plates and de-licence the vehicle.

If the vehicle is not presented for inspection or the number plates returned within 15 days of the expiry date of the work order, you will receive a notice cancelling the vehicle licence and demanding the return of the number plates.

Should you fail to comply with the notice, you will be issued with an infringement notice. If you fail to pay the infringement, the matter will be referred to the fines enforcement registry for action.

  Failure to return plates (Federal)

Regulation 24(2) of the Interstate Road Transport Regulations 1986 (Commonwealth) provides a penalty where Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) number plates are not returned within 14 days of the expiry or cancellation date of the licence.

If a FIRS licence is cancelled, the owner of the vehicle will be required to apply for a new licence.

 

Page last updated: Mon Sep 3 2018 12:29:32 PM