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'Poor communication' results in loss of licence

Should you be given better notice of when your licence is about to expire?
Should you be given better notice of when your licence is about to expire? Kristy Muir

THE fate of a Nambour woman who lost her licence for a month because of poor communication from the State Penalties Enforcement Registry has prompted calls for it to send letters by registered mail.

Nicklin MP Peter Wellington has called on the State Government to amend SPER's debt collection process to ensure people affected by its decisions are properly informed.

Premier Campbell Newman said his government would look at the issue.

When Michelle Grayson was pulled over at a police breath testing and licence check she had no idea she had been driving unlicensed.

The assistant baker, who has been at the same address for the past three years, had not received the notice SPER says it sent her saying it was suspending her licence over an unpaid parking fine.

Ms Grayson was required to make immediate arrangements by phone at the roadside to pay the outstanding amount, but was still issued with an order to appear in court.

Ms Grayson said she had thought that arrangements in place to pay an earlier speeding fine would have been continued.

The loss of her licence means she will be unable to take her partner to Prince Charles Hospital for open heart surgery or attend the birth of her first grandchild.

Work licences can be obtained for drink or drug driving but not suspensions because of unpaid fines.

Ms Grayson has had to rely on others to get to work.

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