What is a Radar/Lidar Speeding Ticket?

Speeding fines can be issued after excess speed is detected in a number of ways, including from stationary radars such as speed cameras, from mobile speed cameras and through laser speed testing (LIDAR), which stands for Light Detection and Ranging.

 

Radar and Lidar Guidelines in NSW

Our expert traffic lawyers can advise you whether or not the speeding ticket that you received was issued correctly or fairly.

We know the Australian Standards and the contents of the New South Wales Highway Patrol manual – it seems that some police officers do not!

There are many circumstances and situations where both Radar and Lidar are NOT to be used – yet time and time again we see people prosecuted.

Highway Patrol vehicles now have in car video which records video images and audio content. There are rules about how and when these officers are to use the in car video – but we have been able to demonstrate that many officers have failed to follow these basic rules.

We have successfully demonstrated in court that where the NSW Highway Patrol officers have failed to follow their own guidelines the evidence that has been obtained is unreliable resulting in the prosecution being dismissed, sometimes with costs being paid to the accused person by the police.

The guidelines are there to protect motorists and to ensure that radar tickets that are issued to motorists are valid. Our traffic offence lawyers know the guidelines.

If Highway Patrol officers are breaching their own rules then they can’t expect the Courts to believe that the evidence is accurate and reliable.

 

Speeding Fines NSW

If you are caught driving over the speed limit by a speed camera or a NSW Police officer, you will face incurring a speeding fine and licence demerit points.

Exceed speed limit byMax. fine (light vehicles)Demerit PointsLicence disqualification
Not more than 10 km/h$2,2001-
More than 10 km/h but not more than 20 km/h$2,2003-
More than 20 km/h but not more than 30 km/h$2,2004-
More than 30 km/h but not more than 45 km/h$2,20053 months (minimum)
More than 45 km/h$2,53066 months (minimum)

 

What are the licence suspension and disqualification periods for speeding?

Depending on how much over the speed limit you are, you may have your licence suspended on the spot.

Driving more than 45km/h above the speed limit: suspension or disqualification for 6 months

Driving 30 – 45km/h above the speed limit: suspension or disqualification for 3 months

Speeding Offences FAQs

Can Police Use Radar or Lidar Anywhere at Anytime?

No. There are situations where the police cannot legally use radar or lidar – for example when it is raining, on a gradient, on a bend and many more. Contact us for advice on your matter.