It is a traffic offence in Queensland to drive a motor vehicle without a driver licence.
Various offences cover the circumstances in which a person may be unlicensed, such as driving with an old or expired licence, losing a licence due to demerit points or unpaid State Penalties Enforcement Registry debts, or never getting a licence in the first place.
Disqualified driving is the most serious form of unlicensed driving and it refers to knowingly driving after their licence has been disqualified by a court order.
This offence is treated seriously because it’s seen as deliberately disobeying a court order.
It carries a mandatory minimum driver license disqualification and two years of imprisonment.
The penalties for unlicensed driving depend on factors such as:
- your reason for driving
- your prior traffic record
- whether or not you were aware you were unlicensed.
Often, mandatory periods of driver license disqualification apply.
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