Parked in a Disable Parking Spot (without Authority) - Did RMS Waive My Demerit Point So I Can't Use My Clean Driving Record?
Last edited 03/07/2019 - 16:35
About a couple of weeks ago, I went all stupid in my head and parked in a disabled spot (my limbs are working perfectly fine) to pickup takeaway on a Sunday evening at 6:50pm. I knew what I was doing. I assumed I'll be OK. Well, I wasn't. I f****d up.
I got slugged with a $561 parking fine (ouch!) RMS Parking Fines and Demerits
The offence according to the RMS website also carries 1 demerit point. Please see above pdf link: Last Page, Fine level: 7.
I appealed my parking fine on the basis that I have a 13+ year good behaviour record of no speeding or red light offences and since I copped a demerit point, to waive my offence.
I got a response from RMS couple of days ago. "We can only consider driving history for an offence that incurs demerit points. No demerit points apply for this penalty. Appeal rejected"
Did RMS waive my demerit point so I have no grounds of using my good behaviour record? Good behaviour record can only be used on grounds of when a demerit point is issued. I should have copped a demerit point as per the law, but it seems like they've waived it off and now I have no grounds to appeal it.
Can anyone help with options? Is it worth taking it to court on the weird suggestion that I should cop a demerit point and hence good behaviour record should apply?
- Seemed like I got done by 650A (1) instead of Sec 650A (1), former carrying no demerit point. Hence, appeal is invalid :)
- Residents in NSW (where I reside) and a couple of other states can appeal for speeding and red-light camera fines if you carry a 10+ years clean driving record, if you weren't already aware (thanks Spackbace).. I thought it was a nation wide thing.