Getting Your Licence Disqualification Removed

Licence disqualifications can cause extreme hardship. If you’ve been disqualified from driving, you may not be able to earn income. This can make it difficult to keep up with living expenses, especially if you’ve been banned from driving for an extended period of time.

To get your licence back sooner rather than later, GC Traffic Lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice. We may be able to reduce your suspension period, allowing you to move on with your life sooner.

A range of traffic offences can result in the loss of your licence, including:

Regardless of which offence you’ve been charged with, we will do everything possible to help you get your licence back after a disqualification.

How long does a licence disqualification last?

Ranging from a few months to more than 2 years, disqualification periods can vary between cases. After taking your circumstances and traffic history into consideration, the court will decide how long to disqualify you for.

Some offences can result in prolonged disqualification periods. For example, if you get caught drink driving on a suspended licence, you must be disqualified for at least another 2 years under Queensland law.

Repeat offenders may even face indefinite disqualification (this type of penalty is typically only imposed for very serious offences). In cases involving more minor infringements, where the licence holder has a relatively good traffic history, disqualification periods are typically shorter.

You can only reapply for a driver’s licence once your disqualification period has ended, or if the court removes your disqualification.

Can I appeal a licence disqualification?

If you wish to contest your disqualification period, you may be able to appeal the court’s findings. The success of your appeal will depend on your capacity to prove that you deserve to keep your licence. No matter what kind of traffic offence you’ve committed, GC Traffic Lawyers are experienced in a range of disqualification appeals.

Whether you want to question the validity of your disqualification or try to have the disqualification period reduced, our lawyers have the skills and legal expertise to give your appeal the best possible chance of success.

You may also be able to apply for a Special Hardship Order or Work Licence, both of which permit disqualified motorists to drive under special circumstances. Even if you’re only allowed to drive for work or education purposes, this can make a huge difference in terms of maintaining your lifestyle. You can only apply for these before a conviction has been made however and if you are declined when you apply then you can’t apply again a second time, you only get one shot at it.

How can I get my licence disqualification removed?

Getting your licence back before your disqualification period has ended can help protect your livelihood. When applying for a removal of disqualification from driving, the following factors may influence the court’s decision:

  • How long it has been since you lost your licence. To apply for a disqualification removal, at least 2 years must have passed from the date your licence was cancelled.
  • Whether you can provide evidence that you have attempted to improve your driving behaviour.
  • If drugs or alcohol played a part in your licence disqualification, you may need to prove that you have the capacity to abstain from these substances.
  • How urgent your need is for a licence. If your livelihood depends on your ability to drive, the court will take this into consideration.

Courts are often reluctant to remove disqualifications, and the application process can be complicated. If you’re thinking of representing yourself in court, consider the benefits of having a lawyer on your side. GC Traffic Lawyers can help you build a convincing case, giving you a much better chance of being allowed back on the road.

To speak with an expert traffic lawyer, contact GC Traffic Lawyers to arrange an obligation-free consultation today.