It is absolutely prohibited for one to drive around Queensland without a driver’s license, whatever his reason may be. There are five ways by which a person commits the offence of unlicensed driving:
Unlicensed driving is usually committed by persons who drove without ever getting a license or drove with an expired license. The offence is also committed but one who has a driver’s license but not for the type of vehicle he is driving.
Disqualification from driving is the penalty for drink driving, drug driving, and the dangerous operation of a vehicle. After the period of his disqualification, the driver must apply again for a license and until he gets it then he must not drive. The penalties are disqualification from driving for 2 to 5 years, fine of up to $6600 or imprisonment of up to 18 months. The penalties are stiff because it is the intention of the law that the driver wait out his period of disqualification before driving again.
A driver’s license may be suspended for the following reasons: non-payment of court imposed fines, conviction for driving more than 40 kilometers over the speed limit and for having gained too many demerit points. The penalty for this type of unlicensed driving is disqualification from driving for up to 6 months, fine of up to $4400 or imprisonment for up to 1 year.
This type of unlicensed driving pertains to drivers who were granted authority to drive in Queensland but such authority has been withdrawn for the following reasons:
Unlike other types of unlicensed driving offences, the offender will not be disqualified from driving since in the first place he is not a Queensland driver’s license holder. The offender will most likely receive an infringement notice for a first offence.