Special Hardship Orders

A Special Hardship Order is a court order which allows you to continue to drive under your Queensland driver’s licence when either:

  • You have received a notice suspending your licence for accumulation of demerit points; or
  • You have received a notice suspending your licence for a high range speeding offence.

A special hardship order will not be granted if during the last five years:

  • Your Queensland driver’s licence was suspended or cancelled;
  • You have previously made a special hardship order application; or
  • A court has disqualified your licence.

The court must be satisfied of two things:

  1. You are a fit and proper person to continue to drive, having regard to the safety other road users;
  2. The refusal to grant a special hardship order would cause you or your family member extreme hardship and either deprive you of the means of earning a living or cause severe hardship by denying a family member to earn a living.

Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors has a great deal of experience making special hardship order applications and if you require assistance or representation for a special hardship order you can contact us.