Special Hardship Order
A Special Hardship Order, also know as a Special Hardship Licence, is an order that lets you drive under special conditions when your normal licence has been suspended. A Special Hardship Order is an option where you have lost your licence for reasons such as a high speed offence, accumulation of too many demerit points and other special cases. Its vitally important that you appoint a specialist speeding lawyer or traffic lawyer, such as GC Traffic Lawyers, if you want to obtain a Special Hardship Order as your chances of success will be much lower if you attempt self representation or you engage a law firm who doesn’t specialise in traffic law.
How do I get a Special Hardship Order?
In order to get a Special Hardship Order, its not a simple matter of asking the Magistrate for one because you say you need to drive for work or education purposes. The Magistrate needs to be satisfied that you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence and you also need to meet strict criteria as well.
To be eligible for a Special Hardship Order, your licence has been or is about to be suspended because:
- You were caught driving more than 40km over the speed limit (a high speed offence)
- More than one demerit point is allocated to your traffic history whilst driving during a 1 year good behavior period
- A combination of the above 2 offences (dual suspension)
- You need your licence to fulfill your employment, drive to and from work or to study or for any other special reason
There are also numerous other criteria that you need to meet which can be found in Part 14 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Driver Licensing) Regulation 2010, available from www.legislation.qld.gov.au
The reality is, it’s a daunting process to have to go through. To get the forms right and present your case to a Magistrate in a traumatic time is difficult thing to have to do, especially when you livelihood may be on the line if you don’t get a positive outcome. Can you afford to have your application declined and lose your licence? What would that mean for your employment, would you be likely to lose your job? How would you provide for yourself and your family if that was too happen? These are things that we don’t think about when we make that error in judgement to drink and drive, but have to face in the cold light of day once its happened.
It makes sense therefore to have a specialist speeding lawyer or traffic lawyer such as GC Traffic Lawyers to handle the process for you. We will manage your Special Hardship Order application and construct a case for you based on our years of experience of going to court in Queensland and speaking to Magistrates. Call us now on 07 5528 6665, we offer free initial advice and a MoneyBack Guarantee on our service.