The open road beckons in Australia and speed cameras are there to capture a keepsake.
Last fall I traveled to Australia and a couple months later received a State of Victoria Traffic Infringement Notice in the mail. I was resigned to paying the AUD 176 (USD 185) until Darin of The Next Journey, helpfully shared his Internal Review experience and even got Hertz to waive the AUD 35 processing fee.
The State of Victoria permits application for an Official Warning:
You can generally apply for an official warning 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 fine or official warning within the previous two years.
- Were caught doing less than 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit.
- Do not deny that you committed the offence.
An official warning will not be given for red light, mobile phone, seatbelt or generally any serious road safety offence, however consideration may be given where a proven emergency situation can be shown.
Following Darin’s instructions, I prepared a package with:
- Copy of Infringement Notice
- Copy of Driver’s License
- Driving Record Transcript from my local Department of Motor Vehicles (clean record previous two years)
- Cover letter admitting the infraction and stating an outline of the circumstance, noting the infraction was less that 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit
I mailed to the “Officer in Charge.” A few weeks later I received an updated notice with a further penalty for lateness. I called and found that the items had crossed in the mail, that my materials had been received and the Infringement was on hold pending review. About six weeks after that I received a Infringement Withdrawal Notice and Official Warning, with the a stipulation that I am “… ineligible for another warning for a similar offence for a minimum period of two years from the date of this offence.”
Each state of Australia has its own rules, checking some it is not clear that all allow such a petition or at least do not provide details online. The Australian government portal maintains a list of each state’s infringement payment portal where details can be found.
Bonus trivia: in South Australia state, Infringements are called Expiations.