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In the Australian Capital Territory(ACT), the police have an unfettered right to stop a driver along the road anytime, anywhere, and for any reason. They can request that you furnish them with your name, driving licence, date of birth, and other essential information. All this you must give to the police immediately.
However, failing to stop your vehicle upon the direction or signals from the police is tantamount to breaking the law and is, therefore, punishable under the law. This is provided for in the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 (ACT). It is pertinent that you know these offences and the penalties that come with them. They are provided for in section 5AB(3) of the Act.
If an individual is convicted in an ACT court for a failing to stop for police offence, the offence will show up as a disclosable court outcome (DCO) on a national criminal background check in the ACT.
(A) an offence against section 5C, which provides for failing to stop a motor vehicle for police.
(B) an offence committed against section 7 makes provisions for furious, reckless or dangerous driving. It would be an aggravated offence if a circumstance mentioned in section 7A (1) (a) (i) occurred at the time of the existing offence.
(C) any violation against section 60 (1), Road Transport (General) Act 1999. This section requires people to divulge the identity of a driver who is suspected of having committed an offence against section 5C.
Failing to stop a motor vehicle for police is provided for in section 5C of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 (ACT).
The section provides that a person commits the said offence if;
(a) the individual is driving a motor vehicle.
(b) a police officer gestures to the person to stop the vehicle.
(c) the driver fails to obey the police officer's signal immediately.
NB. Section 63(1)(d) of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999 (ACT) also provides for automatic licence disqualification for offences against this section.
Driving furiously, recklessly, or in a dangerous manner on the road is harmful to the public and is an offence under section 7(1) of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 (ACT). In determining whether this offence has been committed, the court must first observe the conditions and circumstances surrounding the case.
These circumstances include the state of the road where the offence was allegedly committed and the amount of traffic in that said area.
An offence of furious, reckless or dangerous driving will be considered an aggravated offence if at the time the offence was committed;
NB. Section 63(1)(f) of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999 also provides for the automatic licence disqualification for offences against this section.
Under section 60(1) of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999, a person who is responsible for the motor vehicle which the driver is alleged to have committed an offence with, must give information about the name and home address of the driver if it is required of him from a police officer.
Any other person also is mandated to give information that may lead to the identification of the driver when a police officer or an authorised person requests for it.
Any person who fails to comply with the above provision will be liable to;
NB. In this case, it is a defence that the defendant did not and could not with reasonable diligence have found out the driver's name and home address.
Section 133 of the Legislation Act 2001 (ACT), defines a penalty unit. It provides;
(1) If a penalty for an offence is expressed as a number (whether whole or fractional) of penaltyunits, the penalty for the offence is a fine of that number of penalty units.
(2) A penalty unit is-
(a) for an offence committed by an individual—$160; or
(b) for an offence committed by a corporation—$810.
To change the penalty units into dollars, multiply the number of penalty units given by the dollar equivalent.
If an individual is found guilty of failing to stop for police offence in the ACT, the offence will show up as a disclosable court outcome (DCO) on the results of their criminal background check.
Individuals can obtain a national police clearance online via the Australian National Character Check - ANCC® website.
Road Transport (Safety and Traffic) Management Act 1999 (ACT) - http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_act/rtatma1999412/
Road Transport (General) Act 1999 (ACT) - https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/1999-77
Legislation Act 2001 (ACT) - https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2001-14/
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