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Traffic history checks

A passenger service driver must demonstrate that they possess a safe driving record to ensure the public's safety is not at risk when travelling on a passenger service.

In the interests of public safety, the following assessment criteria are applied to an applicant's traffic history:

  • the severity of the traffic offences
  • whether the offences occurred in a public passenger vehicle
  • the frequency of the offences
  • when the offences occurred.

Where a person is deemed to have an inappropriate traffic history, their application may be refused, a waiting time imposed, or the driver authorisation issued for a restricted period of time. In some cases, the holder of a driver authorisation may have their authority amended, suspended or cancelled if their driving history is considered unsuitable.

Drink driving

Where a person has been convicted of a drink driving offence, the following waiting periods apply.

A waiting period of one year, from the end of the period of suspension/cancellation of driver licence, applies if the applicant fulfils all of the requirements below:

  • this is the person's first drink driving offence
  • their blood alcohol content was under 0.15 per cent
  • the offence was not in a public passenger vehicle
  • they have had no prior suspension/cancellation of their driver licence within the previous two years.

A waiting period of two years applies, from the end of the period of suspension/cancellation of driver licence, in any of the circumstances below:

  • this is a person's second (or more) drink driving offence
  • it is the person's first drink driving offence, but blood alcohol content level was 0.15 per cent or higher
  • the offence was in a public passenger vehicle
  • there has been a prior suspension/cancellation of the driver licence within the preceding two years
  • the person has had an alcohol interlock condition applied to their driver licence in the last 24 months.

Driving under the influence of drugs

Where a person has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, the offence will attract the same waiting period as if they had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 per cent or higher. A waiting period of two years applies to this offence.

Where the person's driver licence has been cancelled by a court, other than under the demerit points system, the criteria for drink driving is to apply.

If your driver licence is suspended or cancelled—your driver authorisation is automatically suspended or cancelled

If the driver licence of a person who holds driver authorisation is suspended, cancelled or disqualified for either demerit points, drink driving or a State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) suspension, the driver authorisation is automatically suspended, cancelled or disqualified.

If a driver authorisation has been suspended by State Penalties Enforcement Registry, the driver authorisation holder must go to a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre to have their driver authorisation reinstated.

Note: Please be aware that in the event of your driver licence being suspended by State Penalties Enforcement Registry, it is an offence under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 to drive a vehicle, and heavy penalties may be incurred.

Last updated
07 December 2017