RUMOUR FILE CONFIRMED
Victoria’s new speed limit around emergency vehicles that was rushed through by the government has hit a snag.
As of July 1, drivers have to slow to 40km/h while passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
However, any fines issued around this have been temporarily withdrawn because the new penalty code book does not have a code number for the new offence, so the fines cannot be issued.
VICTORIA POLICE STATEMENT
Victoria Police notified members on Monday 3 July that infringement notices for the new 40kmh road rule should not be issued, after an administrative error was uncovered.
It appears the error was made when assigning an offence code to the new rule in the Road Safety General Regulations.
The result of this incorrectly assigns three demerit points to a motorist in addition to the correct monetary penalty infringement of $277.
Anyone who may have been issued with a penalty notice to date will be notified and the notice withdrawn – these infringements will be held over and could be re-issued once the offence code error is corrected.
Motorists are reminded that the legislation came into effect on July 1 and is still enforceable with police able to proceed with the offence by way of summons.
The primary aim of the new legislation is to change driver behaviour and to raise awareness around emergency service members’ safety so police will still be speaking with motorists about the new rule.
Victoria Police will work with VicRoads and DOJR to expedite the issue.