Street Law Fact Sheet 2 - Disputing liability for a fine

If you get a fine for a traffic or parking infringement you can either:

  1. Download and complete the relevant form online. Set out why you do not think that you are responsible for this fine.
  2. Attach evidence (eg photos) to support your claim.
  3. If your claim is rejected, you may be able to appeal it, or consider
    other options for dealing with the fine.
  4. You should only dispute a traffic or parking fine if you believe:

    1. you were not responsible for the infringement, or
    2. there was no infringement.

    You should not dispute a fine if you are simply annoyed at receiving it or because you do not have the money to pay.

    When might you dispute liability for a fine?

    The most common reason for disputing liability for a fine is where someone else was driving your car at the time of the infringement. In those circumstances, either you or the person driving the vehicle at the time will have to complete a “Known User Declaration” form, declaring that another person was driving your car at the time. You are required to provide details of the person who was driving. The fine will then be re-issued to that person.

    Disputing police evidence

    If you have received the fine from the police and you are disputing the police’s evidence, you will probably need to go to the Magistrates Court to sort the matter out.

    If the court does not decide in your favour, it may go on your criminal record and you may be fined and have to pay costs.

    The Process
    Parking infringement Download the relevant form from:

    From the ACT Government rego website
    Send the form by post, fax or email:

    Parking Review Office, PO Box 582, Dickson ACT 2602 Fax: (02)6207 7107

    Email: parkingreview@act.gov.au
    Traffic camera infringement Complete the online form:

    The ACT Government forms website

    Or, send a letter to the police by post, fax or email:

    Chief Police Officer, GPO Box 2208, Canberra ACT 2601 Fax: (02) 6245 7419
    Traffic infringement issued by police Complete the online form:

    The ACT Government forms website

    Or, send a letter to the police by post, fax or email:

    Chief Police Officer, GPO Box 2208, Canberra ACT 2601 Fax: (02) 6245 7419

    Disclaimer

    The material in this fact sheet is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this publication without first getting legal advice about their particular situations.

    If you would like more information, please contact Street Law on 1800 787 529 or info@streetlaw.org.au. Street Law is a program of Canberra Community Law Ltd.

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    Last updated: 27 July 2015.