14 November 2023

Queanbeyan P-plate courier fined $1800 for speeding in the ACT

| Claire Fenwicke
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The teenage courier’s boss expressed shock over how fast the 18-year-old had been driving. Photo: ACT Policing.

An 18-year-old Queanbeyan man is lucky to have avoided having his work vehicle seized after being caught speeding along the Majura Parkway in Canberra.

ACT Policing officers were targeting traffic along the highway at Majura on Monday (13 November) when they saw a southbound white Ford Transit van travelling at 147 km/h in the signposted 100 km/h zone.

They stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who said he was a courier and had a short timeframe in which to collect an item for delivery.

He produced his NSW provisional P1 licence, which restricts drivers to a maximum speed of 90 km/h.

His right to drive in the ACT was immediately suspended for 90 days, and he was issued with a $1841 fine.

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Although the ACT Government introduced legislation earlier this year to allow police to seize vehicles exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h, the vehicle wasn’t confiscated.

The courier company’s owner arrived on the scene and spoke with police, expressing his shock over how fast his employee had been driving.

ACT Policing is reminding interstate drivers that vehicles caught travelling at speeds of more than 45 km/h over the limit can be seized, even if the driver is not the registered owner or is not from the Territory.

P-platers have also been reminded they’re bound by the rules and licensing conditions of their home state when driving in the ACT.

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