Fighting COVID fine may cost you more.


Byline: Francis Witsenhuysen

WHILE a $1000 fine for breaking tough coronavirus rules can be contested in court, challenging the matter could cost up to $5000 and ignoring it could cost your driver's license, a Lismore solicitor says.

NSW residents are living under Australia's toughest coronavirus restrictions and police can issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 to people who break the rules.

The only reasons individuals can leave the house lawfully are to work, access medical care, study, to shop for essential items, or exercise alone or with one other person.

But if a person disagrees with receiving the "significant" infringement notice, Far North NSW Law Society president and Trenches McKenzie Coxpartner Stephen Pinchin said there were "important considerations" to be made before taking action.

The infringements come under the same legislation (the Fines Act 1996) as parking, speeding and littering on-the-spot fines, and Mr Pinchin said if a person believes they are not guilty they can contest the ticket and even represent themselves in court.

"If people have had one before they should know how they work," he said. "But you have a right to say 'this is what happened, not what the police say what happened' if that is the case." Mr...

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