Duty of Driver etc. of Vehicle that is not a Motor Vehicle if Accident Occurs
– section 61A of the Road Safety Act 1986
This offence occurs when you drive a vehicle like a bus or tram, and an accident occurs. And you fail to stop, help or provide your name and details to the other party.
- A tram driver fails to stop at a stop sign and hits a car.
- A bus driver fails to look in his mirror and hits a cyclist. The bus driver does not offer the injured cyclist assistance.
- You did not cause an accident.
- The accident occurred because of something you are not responsible for.
Questions that are asked in cases like this:
- Did you do anything that could have caused an accident?
- Can they prove that you caused the accident?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this chargeThe maximum penalty for this offence is level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum) or a level 6 fine (600 penalty units maximum).
This sort of charge would be heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
What is the legal definition of Duty of Driver etc. of Vehicle That is Not a Motor Vehicle If Accident Occurs?A person drove a vehicle which was not a motor vehicle at the time that an accident occurred. And failed to either stop, render assistance, provide their name and address to the other party or to report the accident to police.
“Did you cause an accident?”