Special Range PCA is an offence that is committed by only certain drivers who drives or operate a vehicle on a public road, with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.02 and 0.05. These individuals include:

  • Taxi Drivers
  • Bus Drivers
  • Drivers of vehicles which carry dangerous goods
  • Heavy vehicle drivers (exceeding 13.9 tonnes)
  • Drivers who are disqualified or suspended
  • Drivers whose licence has been cancelled
  • Anyone who has not been granted a licence
  • Learner licence holders
  • P1 or P2 licence holders

Being charged with a special range PCA offence is dealt with seriously and carries heavy penalties. The general starting point for these matters is the recording of a criminal conviction and the imposition of a fine coupled with a term of licence disqualification, unless you are able to successfully seek leniency in accordance with section 10 ( dismiss a charge without recording a conviction), or are able to adequately  prove that the breath test was inaccurate.


First Offence

  • Criminal conviction is recorded (criminal record)
  • Maximum fine: $1,100
  • Minimum disqualification: 3 months
  • Automatic disqualification: 6 months

Second or Subsequent Offence

  • Criminal conviction is recorded (criminal record)
  • Maximum fine: $2,200
  • Minimum disqualification under interlock: 1 month
  • Automatic disqualification under interlock: 3 months
  • Interlock period: 12 months

Every PCA case if different, thus the approach taken and the advice given by a lawyer must be tailored to each individual case. It is therefore important to obtain professional legal advice from someone who is experienced in Drink Driving charges and is able to take all the necessary steps to defend your charge, or reduce the penalties that may be imposed. Our lawyers have the required experience and expertise to prepare for your case in order to obtain the best possible outcome. Contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our professional drink driving lawyers.

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