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Display “L” Plate

– regulation 47 of the Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009

If a learner driver drives a motor vehicle on a highway without an L plate, or has an L plate on said vehicle however was improperly displayed, then the person may be charged with the traffic offence of Displasy “L” Plate.
Some of the criminal defences that are often used to fight against a charge of Display “L” Plate are factual errors and identification disputes.
 
Maximum penalty and court that deals with a “Display ‘L’ Plate” charge
There is a maximum penalty of 3 penalty units (fine) for this traffic offence. It is considered to be at the lower scale of criminal offending. Hence, cases are heard at the Magistrates’ Courts.
 
ROAD SAFETY (DRIVERS) REGULATIONS 2009

Learner driver must display L plates

Reg. 47. Learner driver must display L plates

(1) A learner driver must not drive a motor vehicle (other than a tractor) on a highway unless—

(a) an L plate is displayed facing out from the rear of the motor vehicle so that the letter “L” is clearly visible from a distance of 20 metres behind the vehicle; and

(b) in the case of a vehicle other than a motor cycle, an L plate is displayed facing out from the front of the vehicle so that the letter “L” is clearly visible from a distance of 20 metres ahead of the vehicle.

What the prosecution must prove
1. The learner driver drove a motor vehicle on a highway without an “L” plate conspicuously displayed.
 

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