My name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question. Please understand this is not legal advise Please understand this is not legal advise but a guide to assist you.
I would suggest that you apply to have a court decide the matter.
You have to plead guilty to your failure with an explanation.
In the mean time you should attend to getting the vehicle registered ASAP and show that you are responsible.
The non issuing of the stickers cannot be relied on as a reason but you can mention it to the court. The government in their wisdom decided to remove their requirement and as a result in all states many have been caught out.
A statutory declaration from the neighbour that she has received it would assist as well as an explanation why she did not pass it on to you.
The court has the right to dismiss the fine provided it agrees that this was a one off and it will not happen again and that you have registered the car as soon as practicable after the incident.
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