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The Most Ridiculous Fines For Things You Probably Didn't Know Were Offences

A driver in NSW has been left confused after he was fined because his passenger was using a laptop, but he's not the only one being caught out by offences not widely known.

Under NSW law, the driver copped a $337 fine and three demerit points for "driving a vehicle with TV/VDU image visible".

The man claims his passenger was using a laptop at the time, not him.

He took to Facebook to air his grievances over the 'ridiculous' fine.

"Passenger next to driver playing with laptop and I get fine for distracting?

"Is this real? I cannot believe," he posted.

But this driver is not the only one left confused after finding themselves on the wrong side of road laws.

READ MORE: Driver Left Confused After 'Ridiculous' Fine

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In February, Ben Judd was on his way to work in Sydney's eastern suburbs when he stopped to buy a meat pie.

After returning to the vehicle "no more than a minute" later, he found he was parked in by a police car.

READ MORE: Driver Stopped At Servo Fined For Keeping His Car Unlocked And Windows Down

Judd was breath and drug tested -- returning negative results for both -- before the police officer handed him a $112 fine for leaving down his windows and his car unlocked.

According to NSW road rules, it is illegal to leave your car unlocked or with the windows down if you are more than three metres away from it.

The above rule applies across the country as well, as residents in south-east Queensland found out in 2016.

In a two-week operation at Woody Point, Margate and Rothwell, police checked the doors of cars parked in driveways during the night.

If the door was unlocked, the house they were parked in front of got a knock on the door. Twenty-two cars, or 15 percent, that were checked were found to be unlocked.

The offence carries a $48 fine in the Sunshine State.

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A NSW postman was left flabbergasted after he was fined for driving on the footpath in 2017.

Mick Jackson was delivering mail on a bike clearly marked 'Australia Post' and wearing his hi-vis uniform when he was pulled over by a policeman.

Unable to provide his work identification card, he was hit with a fine.

To add insult to injury, the police officer followed him back to the post office, and fined him again for leaving his bike on the footpath in front of the shop.

Jackson took the fines to court, and they were thrown out by the judge who said the police officer must have been having a "bad day".

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Over in WA, a Perth motorcyclist was fined last year for having a loose chin strap.

Julian Collis had been pulled over by police with a speed gun to question him if he had been speeding.

While he hadn't gone over the speed limit, they did hand him a fine for "fail to have chin strap on helmet adjusted correctly".

Confused, Collis told them he had loosened the strap to talk to them, but the police officers didn't budge.

Collis was hit with a $550 fine and four demerit points.

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Finally, in Sydney, a taxi driver was fined $100 for wearing the wrong shoes while working.

While standing next to his cab at the city's Star Casino taxi rank, a police officer told him he was wearing the wrong shoes, because they were brown and not black.

But in an embarrassing back down by the police, the fine was thrown out after they admitted the offence no longer existed.

Months earlier the regulations surrounding taxi driver uniforms had been changed, although there was contention as to whether shoe colour ever fell under the rules anyway.

 

Contact the author jdunne@networkten.com.au