Work or limited licence
A work licence or limited licence is the same thing. It is a licence intended to relieve hardship and is most often used to assist with maintaining employment. That said it can be granted for other purposes such as family responsibilities.
Note: Limited licences are discretionary you have no right to be granted one.
There is a public safety aspect - if you have a history of bad driving it is going to require more work to have one granted, or the terms will be more restricted.
Am I eligible to apply?
Suspension for excess demerits
Yes. If you have been suspended for excess demerits you are eligible to apply for a work licence. The licence can be granted immediately. However you must take into account the time to file the paperwork and obtain a court date. Courts usually require 3 days of processing time. Courts in small centre's sometimes don't have dates available for weeks. As such if you are facing a suspension for demerits it is best to contact me now so the paperwork can be arranged in advance and time off the road is minimized.
If you are a taxi driver or bus driver there are specific rules governing you so best to contact me - please have a copy of your demerit history at hand.
Disqualification for driving while disqualified, driving while suspended or driving contrary to my limited licence.
No. You are prevented by law from applying. No exceptions. However you may be able to avoid disqualification through special reasons or community work.
Disqualification for drink driving, dangerous driving, careless causing injury, boy racer charges (racing, burnouts).
Maybe. Please check these 3 conditions:
1. Legal eligible to apply
If you have a previous conviction for any of these charges committed within 5 years of the commission of your current charge then you are prevented by law from applying. No exceptions (Except if your previous drink drive was a youth drink drive charge).
It is best to obtain a copy of your summary of facts and list of previous convictions so the dates can be properly checked.
You have to satisfy the court you or someone else will suffer hardship if you remain disqualified. For instance - if you drive as part of your job e.g. a truck driver, and you will lose your job by nature, then you have a strong case. If there are no public transport options to get to and from work you have a strong case.
3. Public safety
Are you a danger to the public? If you have a history of poor driving or drink driving there may be some extra steps taken to satisfy the court you are safe to be on the roads.
If you think you qualify for a limited licence please contact me. The earlier the better given the delays that occur through the court which may leave your off the road for longer than you need to be.
For drink driving (except youth) dangerous driving, careless causing injury and other charges (except boy racer ones) there is a 28 day stand down period from the day you are disqualified in court until the day you may be granted a licence. If you were suspended for 28 days by the arresting officer this does not count towards your 28 days. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Given the time it takes to get the paperwork organised and book a court date (depending on which court you were disqualified in) it is best to get onto your licence as soon as possible.
For drink driving youth (between 150 and 400 reading and aged under 20) and boy racer charges (racing, burnouts) there is no stand down period. As such you can apply for the licence on the same day or shortly thereafter (some courts won't allow you to file a licence for a disqualification that has not started). In these cases it is essential to have the paperwork completed well in advance of being disqualified to minimize the time off the road.
On the 28th day or thereafter you must appear in court before a Judge. If the licence is granted the court will make a copy of the paperwork (can take several hours) which you then take to the AA, pay them $50, and wait for them to process the licence. The AA has implemented a new system which can delay the issuing of licences by up to 5 days. I am in talks with the AA on ways to avoid this totally unnecessary delay but it is essentially in their hands.
I charge $600 +gst to file the paperwork, negotiate with police on the terms and have an agent appear in court to support you on the day. A court filing fee (charged by the court to the lawyer) of $150 may be applicable which is required to be paid upfront. You will pay the AA directly $50 for the physical licence.
If there are particular issues with your case that would increase this cost I will advise at the initial consultation.
I offer a money back guarantee on any work licence I accept to undertake.
There are significant differences in the 'quality' of limited licences. For instance I have seen numerous examples of self made licences, or licences drafted by inexperienced lawyers that fail to set out terms correctly and result in the client breaching the order unnecessarily. The result of having a low quality job on your limited licence is generally to either have to pay to amend the terms or end up requiring representation on driving contrary to a limited licence. So many licences are badly drafted that I specialize in the actual charge of driving contrary to a limited licence. If convicted and disqualified for this charge you cannot apply for another limited licence.
A quality job results in the least possible restriction upon you and lessens the chance of requiring an amendment or breaching the order.
I have successfully represented clients on work licences from Whangarei to Invercargill and many courts in between. If you would like assistance with your licence please contact me.