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Special Circumstances

What are special circumstances?

'Special circumstances' may apply to you if at the time you got an infringement notice:

1. You had a mental or intellectual condition, or a serious addiction to drugs or alcohol, that meant you:

  • Didn’t understand that the behaviour was against the law; or
  • Couldn’t control the behaviour that was against the law (even if you knew it was against the law); or

2. You were homeless and your homelessness meant that you couldn’t control the behaviour that was against the law (even if you knew it was against the law).

  • Homelessness can include staying in crisis accommodation, living in transitional housing, couch surfing or sleeping rough.

The term ‘special circumstances’ is defined in the Infringements Act 2006.

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