The offence of Negligent driving occurs when a driver fails to meet the standard of the ‘reasonably prudent’ driver in the circumstances. This means that the bar is fairly low and many motorists may find themselves charged with the offence of negligent driving.
Been charged with Negligent Driving in Sydney?
In NSW, there are three main charges of negligent driving:
Negligent driving not occasioning death or GBH.
This carries a maximum fine of up to $2,200 dollars for a first offence, $3,300 dollars for a second or third offence. Prison terms vary between 9 and 12 months and the maximum period of disqualification is unlimited and runs from 12 months for a first offence to 2 years for a second or third offence. This is usually dealt with by way of a traffic infringement notice. This notice carries with 3 demerit points.
Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
The penalties for this offence are as above.
Negligent driving occasioning death.
The penalties are as above, with the difference being that a fine of up to $5,500 may be imposed.
These latter two are serious charges and a period of imprisonment and loss of license is likely. If you have been charged with negligent driving of any sort, we can help.
Contact Szabo & Associates Road traffic Law Solicitors.
If you have been charged with negligent driving contact our solicitors today on 02 9281 5088 or book a consultation.