Unlicensed drivers hit hard

FORGETTING to check the expiry date on your driver's licence could land you in court or worse, keep you off the road for months.

Tough new penalties apply to motorists who are caught driving with an invalid licence.

Every day Fraser Coast police hand out notices to appear in court to drivers who have gotten behind the wheel without checking their valuable piece of plastic who have or just been too lazy to renew it.

Many drivers who front court claim to have never received a notice but Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell says that's no excuse.

He reminded drivers in court this week that the Department of Transport would not be sending out reminders for licence renewal any longer.

He said it was up to the licence holder to keep track of its validity.

Anyone found driving with an expired licence will be charged in unlicensed driving.

First-time offenders can get away with a fine but anyone who has previously been caught for driving without a licence within the past five years will lose their licence for up to six months.

Licences can be renewed at the Department of Transport in Main Street, Hervey Bay, and Bright Street, Maryborough.



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