There is no legal requirement for a vehicle owner to receive a registration reminder notice or a registration renewal notice.
It is the vehicle owner’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is registered before it is driven on a road.
An expiation notice issued for an expired registration offence remains valid even if you did not get a registration reminder or renewal notice. An expiation notice will not be withdrawn solely on the basis that you did not get a registration reminder or renewal.
As soon as an expiation notice is paid you will lose the appropriate number of demerit points. If you overpay the amount due on an expiation notice it is still expiated and you will receive a refund for the amount overpaid. The refund has nothing to do with demerit points.
The default speed limit within a built-up area (essentially the metropolitan area) is 50 km/h unless signed otherwise.
This rule applies throughout built up areas in South Australia and was introduced on 1 March 2003 as a road safety initiative aimed at reducing death and serious injury on our roads.
There is no legal requirement to have 50 km/h signs in built-up areas.
Cruise controls and GPS systems are not as accurate as the speed detection devices used by the police.
The police regularly test their devices and the police devices are accepted as being accurate by Courts in South Australia.
The detection zone is after the stop line.
Because of the location of the detection zone there are two possible offences that you may have committed. They are:
a) entering the marked foot crossing, or
b) entering the intersection contrary to a red light.
The foot crossing is identified by two parallel broken white lines past the stop line and the intersection is where two or more roads meet and is the area where vehicles travelling on different roads might collide.
There are no painted lines to identify the intersection.
Cameras do not detect vehicles that fail to stop before the stop line.
If you enter the foot crossing or intersection contrary to the red light then the notice was correctly issued.
One of the options on the back of an expiation notice is to apply for a review of the notice on the grounds that the offence was trifling.
Trifling is defined in Section 4(2) of the Expiation of Offences Act.
You are only entitled to have Expiation Notice Branch review your notice once.
If you are not happy with the review you have the option of either paying the fine or electing to be prosecuted.
When an enforced expiation notice is revoked by the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit the law deems that the expiation notice is issued for the first time on the date that it is revoked. You will not receive another expiation notice for the same offence from the police.
When an enforced expiation notice is revoked by the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit, they will tell the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to reinstate any lost demerit points relating to that expiation notice.
Please contact Service SA on 131084 if your demerit points have not been returned to your licence. The police have no involvement in that process.
The law provides a defence to the owner of a motor vehicle detected by a camera speeding or disobeying a red traffic light to nominate the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence.
The law does not permit the nominated driver to nominate another driver. For that reason the police will not accept a statutory declaration from a nominated driver nominating another driver.
The nominated driver should consider the options on the rear of the expiation notice and either pay the notice or elect to be prosecuted. If you are to be prosecuted, the person who nominated you as the driver may be required to come to court to explain why they nominated you.
The fines and demerit points for each offence are set by Government Regulation.
The police have no legal power to reduce the fine or demerit points.
If you have difficulty paying the fine you should contact the Fines Unit on 1800 659 538 who will assist you in providing payment options.