What is a work licence?
A conviction for a drink driving (DUI) offence within Queensland will result in a mandatory licence disqualification period of at least one month. The loss of a driver’s licence can cause many people extreme financial hardship as they need their licence for their job. In such situations, the person may be eligible to apply for a ‘restricted licence’, also known as a ‘work licence’. This licence permits people to drive for work purposes and during the hours permitted by court only.
Am I eligible to apply?
There are a number of preconditions that must first be satisfied before a person can apply for a work licence. Some of these include:
- Your alcohol reading must be below 0.15%;
- You can’t have been driving for work purposes at the time of the drink driving offence;
- You must have held an Open Queensland driver’s licence at the time of the offence; and
- Your driver’s licence must not have been suspended or cancelled in the last 5 years (some exceptions apply).
Even if you satisfy the preconditions, you need to convince the court that you are a fit and proper person to hold a restricted licence and that you will suffer extreme financial hardship if your application is refused.
The likelihood of your application being granted will depend on a number of factors, such as your previous traffic history, what type of hardship you will suffer following the disqualification of your licence, whether any alternative travel arrangements are available (such as taking public transport) and so on.
You only have one opportunity to apply for a work licence so it is important that you are fully prepared. If you are unsuccessful, your licence will be disqualified and you will be unable to drive for the period of time ordered by the magistrate. For this reason, it is important that you seek legal advice to determine whether you are eligible for a work licence.
Please contact us if you would like to speak with an experienced traffic lawyer about restricted work licences.