‘I am just going to duck in and grab the paper”
Many of us could be breaking the law every day and not even realise it.
Ever quickly ran into the newsagent to buy the paper on a Sunday?
What about popping in to pay for petrol?
Or maybe it was your shout to grab the 4 x soy lattes (extra hot) from your local cafe?
If you’ve done any of the above and left your windows down or car unlocked, then you might be in for a little surprise when you return to your car.
In NSW the police can fine you for not properly locking your car or winding up your windows.
What about, if no one is in the car? What if a child is left alone, do you need to take the keys out of the ignition?
Regulation 213 (5) of the Road Rules 2014 (NSW) – Making a motor vehicle secure.
WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?
Essentially if you are moving more than 3 meters away from your car, the car must be locked and the windows secured.
Interestingly, the windows can be left down by up to 2cm and still be secure.
This road rule also says that if you leave the vehicle unattended or with a child or person under 16, you must take the key out of the ignition (Regulation 213 (4)).
(You also need to be aware that leaving a child in the car alone can also be an offence section 231 Children and Young Persons Act 1998). More on that in another post.
WHAT IS THE PENALTY?
Get caught breaking this law and the police can fine you $114.
If you choose to take the matter to court, the maximum fine the court can impose is 20 penalty units ($2,200).
Something to think about the next time you duck in to grab a pizza. Delivery might be the cheaper option.
DO YOU NEED A TRAFFIC LAWYER ON THE CENTRAL COAST?
If you are going to court (even if you think you will ‘only get a fine’) you need a Central Coast Traffic Lawyer to help you.
Coastal Lawyers will provide you with simple language legal advice and set out your options prior to going to Court so you an informed decision.
WHO ARE COASTAL LAWYERS?
Coastal Lawyers are central coast family lawyers. We offer representation in all areas of family law including divorce, parenting property and maintenance.
Written by Kristal
Principal Lawyer & Founder of Coastal Lawyers
Kristal was admitted as a lawyer in 2011. A former prosecutor, she has a Diploma in Law. A Graduate Certificate in Criminal Practice and is currently completing her Masters in Family Law (2022).
Kristal is a member of the Legal Aid Panels for criminal law and family law and domestic violence.
Fun Fact: Kristal loves all things mindfulness, meditation and "wu wu".
DISLAIMER (BECAUSE WOULD WE EVEN BE LAWYERS WITHOUT ONE):
The information contained in this legal resource is information only. It is not a substitute for your own research and/or legal advice. If you need legal advice, then you can book an obligation free appointment with Coastal Lawyers online.