The Skoda Fabia is an excellent family car that’s packed with the latest, infotainment and safety technology. Despite this, a great car is only as good as the driver, and this is true even today with the advent of driving assistance technology. Many drivers may be unaware that a poor driving record is following them around and affecting their daily lives. In this article, we will take a closer look at the driving record, how it can be checked and the implications that this may have.
The Driving Record
A driver doesn’t need to be a hardened criminal to have a record that can potentially follow them around for the rest of their life. Perhaps you once ran a red light, speeded a little or answered your phone while driving? Any and all of these things and more can be recorded in your permanent driving record.
As an example: In NSW your driving record is used to capture every driving related fine that you ever pay, except for fines related to parking enforcement.
This also includes any driving related offence that you’ve fought in court and then lost the case. If you went to court and you were issued with a “Section 10” where the court found you guilt and the recorded no conviction this is also on your driving record. If you went to court and won your case, there will be no entry on your driving record related to that specific case.
Big Brother is Watching
All of this gathered data relating to your driving is held on government servers, and it will probably crop up again when you least expect it. So, what are the implications of this and why would anyone care about a driving record anyway? Well, if you have a clear driving record, you can get far cheaper car insurance for starters.
Also, many people are unaware that you could get a stiffer penalty for a driving offence if you already have offences recorded on your driving record. This will even mean that if you challenge a driving offence in court and then lose you will experience far stiffer consequences. So, if you have a sketchy driving record, it’s far less likely that you would get any kind of leniency from a judge.
If you want to apply for any kind of job related to driving, you will be expected to show your prospective employer an accurate copy of your driving record. Because everything is stored there forever, that time you were on a P-plate and you neglected to wear a seatbelt may cost you that job.
The Access to Information
There is some good news, the access to your driving record is restricted. Only the Police and the driver can access this sensitive information. A prospective employer, an insurance company and any other interested parties, cannot get access. However, if it’s discovered that you neglected vital details in order to get a job or a better car insurance deal, you will end up in hot water.
If you’re interested in a new or used Skoda Fabia car get in touch with Skoda Perth, and we will be delighted to arrange a no obligation test drive for you.