Q.

I understand there is a stand down period for getting a limited licence under some conditions is there a stand down period for a demerit points disqualification ?

A.

There is no stand down period for a (demerit points drivers licence disqualification). This means if you were disqualified at 7am on Monday, you could download the documents from our website at 8am, have the application served on Police and filed in your District Court at 10am and be in court as soon as they can make a hearing date for you, and have your Limited Licence by 11am. Driving at 11:15am.

There is a 28 day stand down period for obtaining a Limited Licence if you have been stopped driving with an EBA (Excess Breath Alcohol) reading (or DIC’d).

Q.

I’m worried and not good at public speaking. I don’t want to panic and be useless in court.

A.

The judge is experienced and is trained to identify people that are nervous or under duress. If you speak to the deputy registrar and let them know how nervous you are they will help you and possibly give the judge a note to let them know. You will be fine. It’s a very simple issue and it will be over in a few minutes. All you need to do is communicate the relevant details to the judge and be respectful and speak clearly.

Q.

I need a 7 day Limited Licence. Is that ok ?

A.

It is quite unlikely you will get a 7 day Limited Licence. The best you can achieve is a 6 day and even then you need to be able to demonstrate authentically that you need it to work, look after your children from daycare, no one else can do it and that you will be severely disadvantaged by you not having a drivers licence. Ordinarily, a 5 day Limited Licence is what the Police are wanting to achieve.

Q.

I have two cars and I won’t know which vehicle I will drive from time to time.

A.

No problem, give us the details of each vehicle for the Affidavit, application and draft order and there won’t be an issue. Run a log book in each vehicle (or on your Logmate app) and abide by the court order.

Q.

Is it ok to drive down to the dairy for some milk ?

A.

Not only is it not ok to drive down to the dairy for milk but it’s not ok to drive your vehicle anywhere or at any time without a valid NZ drivers licence. Being a disqualified driver is a criminal offence and carries an instant NZD$750 fine, additional 6 months loss of your drivers licence and the vehicle you are stopped in (no matter who owns it) will be impounded for 28 days.)
If you mean when you have your Limited Licence, this is also NOT an option. The Limited Licence allows you to get from home to work and back, shopping is not a part of it.

Q.

Once I have my Limited Licence I can drive within the court order and take my mates to the movies right ?

A.

There are a few issues here. The entire reason for a work licence is to only get to and from work. There are likely no other reasons to drive in your court order, and will therefore be contrary to your court order. If you do drive, you will lose your vehicle and be charged with driving while disqualified and/or driving contrary to your court order. This would be a big mistake, you would not be able to drive for work (or get a Limited Licence) for the following mandatory 6 month disqualification period.

Q.

I understand that all court orders contain the requirement for a logbook to be carried and filled in by the Limited License driver in the vehicle at all times. What is a log book and what’s the best way to do that ?

A.

Simply put, its a way to record your location, time driving, and distance travelled in the vehicle, so that any enforcement officer can check at any time that you are driving within the court order conditions.

Currently, we recommend only two Logbook methods and that’s hand written in a LogBook available from any stationary shop or digitally, by using your mobile. The company is called LogMate and it’s available on both IOS and Android. This means you only have to set it up, run the app on each trip when you use the vehicle and you can’t go wrong. The app is also authorised by the NZTA so it’s already government approved for your use.

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