Former speaker Peter Slipper will face three charges in court after being summonsed by police over allegedly breaching MP car travel rules.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Monday summonsed the former coalition MP, who now sits as an independent in parliament, in relation to three offences of dishonestly causing a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth.
He will appear in Canberra Magistrates Court on February 15 where he will be formally charged.
It is understood the charges have nothing to do with an issue relating to the use of blank taxi dockets raised, and later dropped, in a civil court matter brought by Mr Slipper's former staffer James Ashby.
The charges are believed to relate to Mr Slipper's use of hire cars in January, March and June 2010, when he was a Liberal National Party MP.
It is alleged he used the cars beyond the boundary of the ACT - breaching a little-known rule concerning MPs' travel.
The total cost of the three trips was about $900.
Mr Slipper's legal team is expected to argue that it was an inadvertent mistake and the MP was unaware of the geographic limit rule.
"The investigation and charging of any person is a matter for the law enforcement authorities - the Australian Federal Police and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions," the spokesman told AAP on Monday.
He said defendants were entitled to the presumption of innocence.
"Prejudicial commentary must be avoided to ensure a fair trial," he said.
"This will be a matter for a court to decide."
Comment was being sought from Mr Slipper's office.