Q&A - Defending a No Insurance Ticket
I recently received a ticket for driving without insurance. At the time I had a passenger in my vehicle with me. I produced expired insurance papers to the officer and was given a ticket. I then had to have my car towed home.
I had been unaware that my insurance was expired at the time I was pulled over, as it had expired only 5 days prior and had not received a renewal notice. I genuinely had no intent to drive without insurance and I am confident that was apparent to the officer.
The very next day I renewed my insurance. I do not have any recent offences, the only blemishes on my record are from at least 5 years ago, one at fault accident and 2 speeding tickets.
I would now like to know if I am able to have my fine reduced if I would be better off to do so in writing or by appearing in court? I have heard if the officer does not appear it could be dismissed, but I have read inconclusive information that that was going to be changed? That the officer is no longer required to appear? Can you please confirm for me if I would be able to have my ticket rejected if the officer did not appear? Otherwise it would seem smarter to dispute the fine amount in
Can you please advise if I were able to have it rejected by the officer not appearing, would I waive my right to that by choosing the 'guilty' but want to dispute the fine option on the dispute notice?