What to do when you receive a fine

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What to do when you receive a fine

A fine is known in legal terms as an infringement notice. You need to be aware that time limits apply to paying or disputing an infringement notice.
When you receive an infringement notice, you have a number of options . These include:
• Do nothing
• Pay the penalty
• Ask the issuing agency to review its decision
• Nominating another driver (for vehicle offences)
• Arranging a payment plan
• Disputing the penalty by going to the Magistrates Court
The option of doing nothing about paying your fine is not recommended. The more time that passes, the more costs you will incur.
You may have grounds to apply to have the fine withdrawn. It may be that you have a good driving record. To support this, you would need to provide a copy for your driving history for the last 5 years.
If you are seeking to have the fine withdrawn because the incident occurred due to a medical emergency you will need to provide a copy of the hospital record, police report or confirmation letter by a doctor which explains the situation.
If you received the fine following a mechanical breakdown, you will need to provide evidence from roadside assistance, a towing service, a detailed mechanical report or similar documentation.
You may need to complete a statutory declaration certified by a JP detailing the situation.

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