Official warnings

Learn about official warnings and when Victoria Police can withdraw an infringement notice.

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.

Alleged speeds of less than 10 km/h

Correctly verified infringements issued for alleged speeds of less than 10 km/h in excess of the posted limit may be eligible for an official warning if:

  1. no speeding infringements, safety related infringements or official warnings have been issued to the driver in the previous two (2) years; and
  2. the criteria for Good Driving Record are satisfied

Exceptional – nature of circumstances surrounding the offence, other than Special Circumstances, such that when considered, demonstrates grounds for leniency

Extenuating – nature of circumstances surrounding the offence, such that when considered, leniency would not normally be an option under the defence of exceptional circumstances, but demonstrates grounds for further consideration and possible leniency. This includes medical emergency or circumstances not specifically covered in policy by Official Warning Criteria

Good driving record – a driving record that has not had any demerit points added within the past two years, and which does not meet the definition of Poor Driving Record

Poor driving record – determined as:

  • 6 or more demerit points in the past twelve months; or
  • 5 or more infringements in the past three years

Considerations during review process

Consideration should be given where relevant to any or all of the following:

  • (a) offence complete and established in accordance with the standard points of proof
  • (b) admission of offence
  • (c) good driving record as defined
  • (d) poor driving record as defined
  • (e) type of road – dual/divided
  • (f) location (residential/industrial/school/intersection)
  • (g) time of day
  • (h) traffic density at time of detection
  • (i) speed zone (eg. 40 km/h school zone)
  • (j) weather conditions
  • (k) safety related offence as defined; and
  • (l) previous convictions in the past ten (10) years

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 safety related offences.

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 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 subject to certain criteria.

In essence, you may be eligible to have some multiple infringements that come within the guidelines withdrawn.

Applying for an official warning

To be considered for withdrawal of infringements within these guidelines, please send a written letter to the Traffic Camera Office:

Officer in Charge
Traffic Camera Office
GPO Box 1916
Melbourne 3001

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

Please note, 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 Fines Victoria(opens in a new window) on (03) 9200 8111, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Callers from regional Victoria can contact Fines Victoria for no cost on 1800 150 410.