Charge against P-plater struck out

A MARYBOROUGH teenager caught driving unlicensed had his charge struck out in court because he did not receive notification of his demerit suspension from the Department of Transport.

Saul Welch, 18, pleaded not guilty to unlicensed driving because he said he did not know his licence had been suspended.

“I’d received no mail from Queensland Transport telling me it had been suspended,” he told Magistrate Neil Lavaring.

Welch represented himself in the Maryborough Magistrates Court but his mother sat with him as a support person.

The court heard from Senior Constable John Roach, who spotted Welch at a Maryborough petrol station on November 1.

Snr Const. Roach checked Welch’s registration and licence details and discovered his licence was suspended because of an accumulation of demerit points.

A State Penalties Enforcement Registry report tendered in court showed Welch had received several traffic fines in the previous year.

As a P-plater, Welch had only had four points to start with.

However, his points quickly diminished and he was suspended from driving on September 30.

Welch argued he had no knowledge of the suspension and Mr Lavaring noted the prosecutor had not proven that Queensland Transport had posted the notification letter to Welch’s home address.

The charge against Welch was struck out.



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