Traffic fines

Traffic Infringement Notices are issued for offences such as speeding, unregistered vehicles, negligent driving etc. They do not include parking infringements.

ACT Policing Traffic Representations can only examine requests in relation to traffic infringements that occurred within the ACT or Jervis Bay Territory.

Penalty amounts for Traffic Infringement Notices are set by the ACT Government. See the full list of infringement penalty amounts (ACT Government) (PDF, 100KB).

Payment options

Payments can be made online via the ACT Government's Road Transport Authority (RTA) website.

In person: Pay at any post office or Access Canberra  shopfront using cash, cheque or debit cards (EFTPOS).

By post: Make cheques or money orders payable to ‘Road Transport Authority’. Attach the notice with your payment and send to: PO Box 582 Dickson ACT 2602.

Bpay: Bpay biller code 343533; customer number is the 10 digit infringement number. Contact your financial institution to make payment.

Over the phone: Phone 131 816 (Billpay code 0286).

All non-cash payments are subject to five working days clearance.

Request more time to pay

You may apply for an extension to pay the infringement notice penalty within 28 days from the date of service of either the infringement or reminder notice.

If you fail to pay the infringement notice penalty within 28 days from the date of service, a reminder notice will be served on you. An additional fee of $34.00 is charged by the ACT Government for the cost of serving the reminder notice.

Submit your request online.

Submit an Infringement Notice Declaration

If the infringement is either a red light or speed camera offence issued by the ACT Traffic Camera office, download an Infringement Notice Declaration from the ACT RTA website or contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

In the case of an infringement notice issued by the Australian Federal Police, use one of the following forms:

If you wish to apply for more time to submit an Infringement Notice Declaration in relation to a police issued infringement, you can apply online: 

Submit your request online.

Withdrawal of an Infringement notice

If you have been served with a Traffic Infringement Notice or a Reminder Notice, you may lodge an application for withdrawal of the notice or request extra time to apply for withdrawal of the notice within 28 days of the date of service.

Submit your request online.

Criteria used to assess an application for withdrawal

Applications for withdrawals will be considered in accordance with the Road Transport (General) Withdrawal of Infringement Notices Guidelines 2012 (No 1) Disallowable instrument DI2012–246, which are issued by the Minister under the provisions of section 38 of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999.

The first criterion to be considered is a demonstrable five year good driving history prior to the date of the alleged offence of the infringement where withdrawal has been requested.

In addition, the following matters must be considered under the Guidelines in all circumstances:

  • seriousness of the offence
  • the level of risk posed to other road users
  • the extent to which an applicant would be aware, or ought to have be aware, that the conduct was contrary to law.

Withdrawal on the basis of financial hardship or compassionate grounds

There are currently no provisions in the Road Transport (General) Withdrawal of Infringement Notices Guidelines 2012 (No 1) for infringements to be withdrawn on the basis of financial hardship or compassionate grounds.

However, you can submit a request via email to the RTA Infringement Plan Office to enter into a payment plan or apply to waive the penalty (subject to certain criteria).

Altering the penalty

Infringement penalties have been legislated by the ACT Government and cannot be changed without the approval of the Minister.

Matter referred to Court for determination

Applicants  should be aware that following a decision in the ACT Supreme Court in 2005, if the content of the correspondence (sent to the Chief Police Officer) indicates that they:

  1. do not agree with, or object to the imposition of, the infringement notice;
  2. deny that they have committed the offence;
  3. are calling into question the operation/accuracy of the speed/red light camera;
  4. are calling into question the evidence for issuing the infringement notice;
  5. are appealing or contesting the infringement notice;
  6. or are disputing the infringement notice,

then the matter will be referred to court for determination irrespective of the fact that the correspondence is titled "Application for Withdrawal".

If the court finds against you, you may be convicted and ordered to pay a penalty and additional court costs.

Offences where an application for withdrawal will usually be refused

The requirements of the Road Transport (General) Withdrawal of Infringement Notices Guidelines 2012 (No 1)* Disallowable instrument DI2012–246, which are binding on this administering authority under section 38 of the Road Transport (General) Act, requires that the following offences will ordinarily be refused unless a defence at law can be substantiated with documentary evidence:

  • non-school zone speeding offences where the speed limit has been exceeded by greater than 15km/h (reason: seriousness and risk)
  • school zone speeding offences where the speed limit has been exceeded by any margin (reason: seriousness and risk)
    • there is an increased probability of a serious outcome in a collision between a motor vehicle and a child, hence risk (probability vs outcome) is increased.
  • any red light offence, including entering the marked foot crossing (please note, not a pedestrian crossing) after the red light has illuminated (reason: seriousness and risk)
    • Please note that camera issued offences include the length of time the light has been red prior to activating both the sensors embedded in the road surface.
    • Yellow light times in the ACT are standardised to allow road users sufficient time to stop:
    • 4 seconds for a 60km/h zone (a vehicle travels 66 metres in this time)
    • 4.5 seconds for a 70km/h zone (a vehicle travels 87 metres in this time)
    • 5 seconds for a 80km/h zone (a vehicle travels 111 metres in this time).
  • use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving, which includes situations where the vehicle is stationary with the motor running. Using non-call or messaging functions of a mobile phone is considered use under legislation (reason: seriousness and risk).
  • use of an unregistered and/or uninsured vehicle (reason: seriousness)
    • s.67 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000 places the onus to ensure a vehicle is registered prior to use even if a reminder notice was not issued and/or received.
  • performing a burnout (reason: seriousness and risk)
  • negligent driving (reason: seriousness and risk)
  • driving unlicenced (reason: seriousness and risk).

Disputing an infringement notice (referred to ACT Magistrates Court)

If you have been served with a Traffic Infringement Notice or a Reminder Notice, you may lodge a notice to dispute liability or apply for an extension of time to dispute liability within 28 days of the date of service.

Submit your request online

Complaints

Complaints in relation to Traffic Infringement Notices may be taken by any member of the AFP or submitted online. If the complaint merely disputes the facts of the Traffic Infringement Notice it is not considered as a complaint.

Complaints concerning the conduct, demeanour or behaviour of the issuing officer are directed to the Complaints Management Team.

Conciliation of the complaint is carried out separately and in isolation to any written application (submitted to the Chief Police Officer) for the withdrawal or dispute of a Traffic Infringement Notice.

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