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Complete Guide: Speeding Fines Victoria

Over the last five years, around 236 (1) people have been killed on Victorian roads with speeding as a contributory factor. Research shows that even a small change in speed can have a major impact during a crash, as the risk of involvement in a casualty doubles with each 5km/hr increase in free travelling speed above 60km/hr. 

Speeding fines and road safety cameras act as a deterrent to stop dangerous drivers and hold dangerous drivers accountable for their actions. In the 2021-22 financial year, fines issued from road safety cameras amounted to $404 million.(2) All revenue received from these fines goes to the Better Roads Victoria Trust. This trust invests in important Victorian road projects and road safety initiatives. Casualty crashes have been found to be reduced by 47% on stretches of road where fixed-speed and red-light cameras have been installed. 

Types of speed cameras in Victoria: how is speeding detected? 

 Speeding in Victoria is detected by fixed and mobile speed cameras set up at carefully chosen locations. (3) These locations include intersections, freeways and some railway crossings. Different types of cameras are used in different locations, and for different reasons. 

These are the types of cameras used in Victoria: 

Speed cameras 

These cameras are either fixed at a permanent location or are mobile cameras that are rotated across approved locations. Fixed cameras may be able to detect one or more offences such as; speeding, running a red light, or unregistered vehicles. 

These cameras use a variety of vehicle detection technology to detect speed and record offences. These include: 

  • In-road sensors; this calculates a vehicle’s speed over a fixed distance. 
  • Radar; a signal is bounced off a vehicle and back to the device. 
  • Optical character recognition; reads a vehicle’s number plate. 

Red light cameras 

These cameras are fixed at intersections and are used to detect if a vehicle crosses over the stop line against a red light, which triggers the camera to take an image. The camera is designed to take two images of an offending vehicle that combine to prove that it: 

  • entered the intersection after the light turned red, and 
  • continued through the intersection against the red. 

This camera is only activated by a vehicle crossing over the stop line after the lights have turned red, you will not be issued a fine if you happen to be in the intersection when the light changes to red. 

Some red light cameras are also able to detect speed offences as well. 

Mobile road safety cameras 

These cameras can be in unmarked vehicles or on a tripod outside the vehicle. They are put in the highest priority locations where there is a high crash-risk and speed-related problems usually occur.  

These cameras use radar to detect the speed and direction of vehicles, they can detect speeding from either direction on either side of the road. 

Point-to-point road safety cameras 

These cameras detect the average speed of a vehicle by determining the time taken to travel between two points. This works by setting up two or more cameras along a stretch of road, and having an in-road sensor detect when a vehicle is travelling past, through a digital time-stamped image. The use of optical character recognition pulls the license plate number in order to match the record of each vehicle. The camera will also measure the speed in which the vehicle is traveling.  

The system knows how much time it should take a vehicle that is not speeding to drive between the two points. If the time a vehicle takes is shorter than that time, the system calculates the average speed of the vehicle was over the speed limit. It flags the incident for review and verification. 

Once an image is flagged, Victoria Police will review and determine whether it is an offense, if it is, an infringement notice will be issued. 

40km/h zone cameras 

These are speed cameras that are placed in 40km/hr zones, such as schools, shopping strips and areas undergoing road work. 

What is considered a speeding offence in Victoria? 

A speeding offence is when you have exceeded the speed limit by any amount. An offence of excessive speeding is any speed over 25km/hr of the posted limit or any speed over 130km/hr.(4)  

Possibly penalties for speeding offences include; demerit points, losing your licence for a period of time (offences of excessive speeding must have a period of licence suspension), monetary fines, addition to criminal record, or impoundment of vehicle. 

What is an infringement notice? 

If you are caught breaking the law for some offences, you will be issued with a penalty in the form of an infringement notice (a fine). (5)

Depending on the offence, you may receive a fine: 

  • on the spot, if you are intercepted/stopped by an issuing officer at the time of the offence 
  • attached to your vehicle 
  • in the post 

Once you receive the infringement you have several options of what to do next: 

  • pay the penalty (or apply to pay by instalments) 
  • request an internal review 
  • nominate another driver 
  • nominate that the vehicle or the registration plates were stolen 
  • nominate that the vehicle had been sold 
  • nominate that the identity of the driver cannot be established 
  • elect to go to court. 

How much are speeding fines in Victoria? 

Depending on the type of vehicle you are driving, and the speed at which you are exceeding the speed limit, fines and penalties will differ.(6)

Penalties for speeding offences (except heavy vehicles) as of 1st July 2023. 

Under 10km/h over the speed limit  

  • Demerit points: 1
  • Speeding fine: $240

10 km/h–24 km/h over the speed limit

  • Demerit points: 3
  • Speeding fine: $385

25 km/h–29 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 3 months
  • Speeding fine: $529

30 km/h–34 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 3 months
  • Speeding fine: $625

35 km/h–39 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 6 months
  • Speeding fine: $721

40 km/h–44 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 6 months
  • Speeding fine: $817

By 45 km/h or more over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 12 months
  • Speeding fine: $962

20 km/h – 24 km/h (in a 110 km/h zone) over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 3 months
  • Speeding fine: $385

Penalties for speeding offenses – heavy vehicles as of 1st July 2023. 

Under 10km/h over the speed limit

  • Demerit points: 1
  • Speeding fine: $337

10 km/h–14 km/h over the speed limit

  • Demerit points: 3
  • Speeding fine: $529

15 km/h–24 km/h over the speed limit

  • Demerit points: 3
  • Speeding fine: $769

25 km/h–29 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 3 months
  • Speeding fine: $1,058

30 km/h–34 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 3 months
  • Speeding fine: $1,346

35 km/h–39 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 6 months
  • Speeding fine: $1,635

40 km/h–44 km/h over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 6 months
  • Speeding fine: $1,923

By 45 km/h or more over the speed limit

  • Automatic licence suspension: 12 months
  • Speeding fine: $2,212

Heavy vehicle speeding penalties apply to: 

  • a vehicle with a maximum loaded weight (GVM) exceeding 4.5 tonnes 
  • a vehicle including any trailers being towed with a maximum loaded weight (GCM) exceeding 14.5 tonnes 
  • a bus with more than 12 seats. 

Double demerit points for speeding in Victoria 

Victoria does not have a double demerit point scheme, meaning usual penalties and fines apply to offences that happen on public holidays. 

 

How to pay a speeding fine in Victoria  

Once receiving your infringement notice, you’ll have 21 days to pay the fine, or deal with it in another way, such as applying to pay it in instalments or requesting a review.(7) 

1. Pay Online

You can pay your fine online.(8) On the website, you’ll need to enter your payment reference number or obligation number which is usually found on the top-right corner of your fine. 

2. Pay with BPAY 

BPAY payments are made via your financial instructions either online or using your phone. It may take several days for a BPAY payment to be processed, so check with your bank to ensure you’re paying your fine on time.   

The Biller Code and Reference Number will be found on your fine, your Reference Number will be the same as your obligation number. 

3. Pay over phone 

Call 1300 735 124 and quote the payment reference number on your notice. 

You can pay with either Visa or MasterCard. 

4. Pay via Australia Post 

Before the due date, visit any Australia Post outlet and present your Infringement Notice, Penalty Reminder Notice, Notice of Final Demand or payment arrangement letter. 

5. Pay in Person 

Visit Fines Victoria to pay your fine in person at the following address: 

Fines Victoria
Ground floor
277 William Street
(near corner of Little Lonsdale Street)
Melbourne

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except public holidays) 

6. Pay via Post 

You cannot pay your fine with cash via post. Post your cheque or money order along with the payment slip to: 

Fines Victoria
GPO Box 2041
Melbourne VIC 3001 

You will not receive a receipt for payments received by post. 

 

Appealing a speeding fine in Victoria 

If you believe there has been an error or that there is a reason you should not have to pay your fine, you can appeal your fine. It is best to start this process sooner than later.(9)

You can request one Internal Review per infringement notice, excessive speeding offences are not eligible for Internal Review. 

These are the grounds in which you can submit for a review: 

You did not know about the fine 

Claiming to be unaware of the fine will only work if you can prove that you didn’t know you had been given the fine. For example, because you were overseas, the fine was sent to the wrong address, or your mail was stolen. 

To prove you were overseas at the time the fine was issued, for example, you would provide a copy of your passport showing your travel. 

If you moved house but you did not change your authorised address with VicRoads within 14 days of moving, your application will not be successful. 

You must submit your application within 14 days of the date you became aware of the fine. If your application is successful, you will be granted a further 21 days to deal with your fine. The fine will not be waived just because you can prove that you didn’t know about the fine, but you won’t have to pay any additional fees for a late payment. 

The fine is invalid 

If you believe that the officer who issued the fine acted unlawfully, unfairly, or improperly, or that the fine was issued without legal grounds, for example, if the fine does not comply with the legal requirements for an infringement notice. 

The fine was issued to the wrong person 

If you believe someone has impersonated you, used your driver’s licence, or you share the same name as someone else, and the fine has been mistakenly issued to you. 

Exceptional circumstances 

Such as a medical emergency, you will need to provide evidence to support this claim, such as a statement from a hospital or a witness.   

Special circumstances 

Special circumstances will only be accepted in rare instances. Some examples of special circumstances that may cause you to be unable to control your speed include a mental illness, intellectual disability, family violence, or addiction. 

You can also choose to go to court to appeal your fine, you’ll need to apply to go to court with Fines Victoria.(10)

If your application to go to court is accepted, you will need to appear before the Magistrates’ Court for a hearing. The Magistrate will hear your case and decide on a penalty. 

If the Magistrate decides there is no case for you to be issued the fine, they will dismiss or discharge your case. However, if they decide your fine is valid, they may issue you with a new fine (this could be more or less than the amount on your Infringement Notice), order you to do unpaid community work, or record a conviction. 

Official warnings for speeding in Victoria 

Victoria Police can, upon their own discretion and review, withdraw an infringement notice and issue an official warning in its place.(11) This is done 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. 

Infringements issued for speeds of less than 10km/hr over the limit, may be eligible for an official warning if: 

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

A Good Driving Record means that the driver has not had any demerit points added in the last two years, and does not meet the criteria for a Poor Driving Record. 

A Poor Driving Record is a driver who has six or more demerit points in the past twelve months, or five or more infringements in the past three years. 

The following is list of considerations that may be given during the review process is relevant to the application: 

  • (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 

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. 

 

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