Message from the Chief Commissioner

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Official warnings

Release date: Wed 9 July 2008

Last updated: Fri 1 November 2013

If you have recently received an Infringement Notice you may apply for an Internal Review.

When can I seek an internal review?

An application for internal review can be made at any time before the offence is lodged with the Infringements Court, or before the expiry of the period for bringing a proceeding to court in relation to the offence.

The internal review process has to be followed to make a request for consideration of an official warning.

Only one application for internal review can be made regarding any one infringement offence.

Applications for internal review must:

  • be in writing
  • state the grounds for review
  • provide current address and licence details
  • contain letter of consent, or other evidence of consent, if submitted on behalf of a third party.

Grounds for review are:


Official Warnings

  • If you believe the decision to serve the notice was contrary to law
  • There is a mistake in identity
  • Your conduct should be excused as exceptional
  • If special circumstances apply

Victoria Police has the discretion, upon review, to withdraw an infringement notice and issue an official warning in its place.

Each application for an official warning is reviewed on a case-by-case basis with factors such as the circumstances, time of offence, weather conditions, traffic density and type of road/land abutting taken into account. For example, if you recently received a speeding fine but have had a good driving record in the past.

For a speeding offence less than 10 kilometers per hour over the speed limit an official warning may be issued if you:

  • Hold a current driver's licence, including probationary or current learner driver's permit
  • Have not been issued with a speeding, other traffic Infringement or official warning within the previous two (2) years
  • Have an alleged speed less than 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit, and
  • Do not deny that you committed the offence.

For a speeding offence between 10 and 14 kilometers per hour over the speed limit an official warning may be issued if you:

  • Hold a current driver's licence, including probationary.
  • Have not been issued with a speeding, other traffic Infringement or official warning within the previous three (3) years (a learner permit holder is not eligible for this higher speed warning).
  • Have an alleged speed between 10 and 14 kilometres per hour over the speed limit, and
  • Do not deny that you committed the offence.

Multiple Infringements

Victoria Police has guidelines regarding the enforcement of multiple speed camera infringements issued to drivers detected at low speeds within certain freeway/highway zones.

These guidelines are being adopted to ensure that drivers are being afforded the opportunity to positively alter their driver behaviour, without being penalised by multiple infringements.

Note: These guidelines do not apply to mobile speed camera detections or fixed speed/red light safety cameras at intersections.

For the purpose of these guidelines, a Low Speed Infringement (LSI) is a speed of less than 10 km/h above the posted speed limit.

The discretion to be applied to multiple low speed infringements relates to:

  • Those within a given 24-hour period.
  • Those received over a period of several days, prior to the driver becoming aware of the first issued infringement.

The same principles will also apply to multiple offences of driving/using an unregistered vehicle, with enforcement of one offence per 24-hour period, subject to certain criteria.

In essence, you may be eligible to have some multiple infringements that come within the guidelines withdrawn.

Should you wish to be considered for withdrawal of infringements within these guidelines, please forward a written application for review to the Traffic Camera Office.

Officer in Charge
Traffic Camera Office
GPO Box 1916
Melbourne 3001

Victoria Police will notify the applicant of the outcome of the review in writing.

Serious road safety related offences are ineligible for official warnings

An official warning will generally not be given for a red light, mobile phone, seatbelt or any serious road safety offence; this is due to the serious nature of the risk that these types of offences pose to all road users.

However consideration may be given where a proven emergency situation can be shown.

For more information about your eligibility for an Official Warning call Civic Compliance Victoria on (03) 9200 8111, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Callers from regional Victoria can contact Civic Compliance Victoria on 1800 150 410 for the cost of a local call.


 

 
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