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If licence suspended for not paying fines

Information about licence suspension when a person does not pay their fines.

After a warrant and a 7-day notice have been issued to enforce payment of fines under the Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic), the Director of Fines Victoria ('the director') has the power to direct VicRoads to suspend a driver licence.

They can also direct VicRoads not to renew a driver licence if a notice the director has served a notice of final demand for an infringement or registered court fine. It is also not necessary for a 7-day notice to have been served first.

See ss. 108, 109, 110, 114—Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic) and ss. 88, 89—Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic).

How long will the licence be suspended?

The driver licence will be restored when the director notifies VicRoads that the suspension has ended. The director will do this when:

  • all of the money owed under all outstanding enforcement warrants has been paid
  • the driver enters into a payment arrangement for all outstanding money
  • an attachment of earnings order or an attachment of debt has been made for all money owed
  • an application is made for enforcement review and enforcement is cancelled
  • the sheriff has seized enough property to satisfy all outstanding warrants
  • the driver is arrested
  • all enforcement warrants have been recalled and cancelled by the director
  • the director decides that the suspension is no longer appropriate.

In all cases there must be no other outstanding enforcement orders or enforcement warrants on foot.

See s. 91—Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic).

Penalty

The maximum penalty for driving during a suspension for non payment of fines is 10 penalty units.

See Value of penalty units and s. 30AARoad Safety Act 1986 (Vic).

What if the driver licence has been suspended for another reason as well?

If a driver licence has been suspended for another reason, such as excessive speed offence or for getting too many demerit points, these other licence suspensions have to be served cumulatively (that is, one after the other). So even if the infringement suspension has ceased, the driver must not drive if their licence has also been suspended for some other reason. Both suspension periods must be served before the driver is allowed to drive again. Court ordered suspensions must be served before the person serves their demerit point suspension.

See s. 92—Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic) and s. 36—Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).

More information

Legislation

Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic)

  • s. 88—application of driver and vehicle sanctions by director
  • s. 89—sanctions that may be imposed on a person in default of fine payments
  • s. 91—when driver and vehicle sanctions end
  • s. 92—end of driver and vehicle sanctions imposed by the director do not affect any other suspensions imposed

See Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic).

Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)

  • s. 30AA—offence to driver while licence suspended under the Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic)
  • s. 28A—a driver licence that has been suspended has no effect and driver is disqualified from driving during the suspension period
  • s. 28B—it is an offence for a person who is disqualified from driving to apply for a licence or permit

See Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).

Reference

Fines Victoria

The Fines Victoria website has information about options and consequences of not paying fines.

See Fines—What happens if you don't pay.

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