Hi, Philosophe !
Yes, I know the bit of road you mean. It's a notorious blackspot,
which is why they're very tough on speeding there.
I've spoken to the Infringement Processing Bureau and my contact
checked with the head of the adjudication section. The Bureau
themselves handle the fine for the first two steps of the process, the
initial fine, and then the reminder notice with its extra month to
pay. During that time there is no option to pay in instalments, but
you can pay online at:
Click on "fines" in the left hand menu.
After the expiry date on the reminder notice the debt is passed on to
State Debt Recovery. Apparently the story that they can prevent you
entering or leaving the country is a widely believed urban myth; they
are mostly unlikely to do this for a matter of debt. However, if you
regularly stay at the same place or work at the same place within
Australia they are liable to catch up with you while you are in the
country, especially if you gave the police an Australian postal
address when you were given the fine.
On the other hand, once it is in the hands of State Debt Recovery you
should have the option to pay by instalments, which would make the
payments more manageable.
You are probably lucky that you were not given a neg. driving charge
at the same time, given the speed.
So your options are:
1. Ignore it, cross your fingers and hope. You'll probably get away
with it as long as you don't notch up another infringement on the same
license, unless you gave them a home or work address in NSW.
2. Pay now.
3. Wait until it's in the hands of State Debt Recovery and negotiate
a payment plan that suits you.
4. I am told that if you have a NSW licence that has been clean for
ten years, you can ask for a fine to be set aside on the grounds of
your previous record. Write to the address on your fine notice. I'm
not sure how it would be regarded for such a high speed, though.
Next time you're here, be aware that there are constant "blitzes" on
speeding, particularly on long weekends and around major holiday
periods. Also more and more speed cameras are being installed often on
down-slopes where drivers are likely to creep over the limit
inadvertently. (They are controversial, but there has been a
significant reduction in accidents in areas where they have been
installed.) Each of these is preceded by at least two, usually three
warning notices, but it can still be difficult to spot them in
unfamiliar areas. I know !
If you are seriously worried about the issue, of course consult a
professional lawyer. If you are a member of the NRMA they have a free