Authorities in NSW have reminded people in the current lockdown areas of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast that a trip to the snow does not comply with current health orders.
Amid confusion around travel restrictions during Lockdown Two, authorities in NSW have reminded motorists that driving to the snow from Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains is not permitted.
NSW Police have also demonstrated they are still out in force on the roads, highlighting at least one instance in which a driver was stopped for excessive speeding, lost his licence for six months – and then handed a $1000 fine on top of the speeding ticket because he was not travelling for a reason listed in the health orders.
A statement issued on the NSW Police Traffic and Highways Patrol Facebook page said: “Anyone residing or has been in the Greater Sydney area including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour on or after 21 June can only leave home for essential reasons.
“Please follow current travel restrictions, traveling to the ski fields from these areas is not a valid excuse,” the warning continued. Here is a link to our latest story on travel restrictions in Greater Sydney during Lockdown Two.
Meanwhile a motorist who appeared to be in a hurry with nowhere to go received a $2520 speeding ticket, lost his licence for six months, and was issued a $1000 fine for breaching COVID health orders.
A statement by NSW Police said: “About 11pm on Saturday 26th June 2021, officers from City South Highway Patrol – Botany Bay detected a vehicle at 139km/h as well as breaching COVID restrictions.
Above: A photo of a driver being booked for an excessive speed during Lockdown Two in Sydney. Source for this and other images: NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Facebook page.
“Police detected the 20-year-old man from Belmore travelling northbound on Southern Cross Drive, Mascot which is a 70km/h zone.
“When asked why he was out driving he stated ‘just going for a joyride’.”
The speeding offence would normally come with vehicle confiscation, but as the vehicle was owned by a family member other than the driver, the car was not seized.
The vehicle seizure loophole has sparked renewed calls for vehicles to be confiscated for excessive speed, regardless of who owns the vehicle.
Other states in Australia seize cars for serious driving offences, regardless of vehicle ownership.
“The male was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and his licence was suspended for a mandatory period of six months,” the police statement continued.
“The man was also issued a $1000 fine for breaching the COVID restrictions as he was not traveling for the listed reasons.”
Dear Sydneysiders, you can’t go to the snow during Lockdown 2.0.