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24
Sep
2019

Loophole allows hoons to stay on the road in Daniel Andrews’ Victoria

The Victorian Road Safety Camera Commissioner has highlighted a legal loophole which is allowing speeding and dangerous drivers to stay on the road.

The Road Safety Commissioner has identified an alarming number of driving infringements issued to corporate owned vehicles where no driver was nominated – meaning the company faces a greater fine but the driver escapes the punishment they would otherwise receive.

Over a two year period from July 2016 to June 2018, the Road Safety Commissioner found:

  • A total of 53,845 infringements where companies failed to nominate a driver.
  • Of these total traffic infringements, 4,280 would have resulted in an immediate loss of licence.
  • Further, the office found that there were 274 company registrations with five or more loss of licence events.

As Victoria’s road toll continues to soar – it’s simply unacceptable that companies are buying themselves out of trouble and dangerous drivers are allowed to stay on the road.

Daniel Andrews must take urgent action to close down this legal loophole and ensure dangerous drivers who put themselves and others at risk are not allowed to escape the consequences of their actions.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick: 

“Daniel Andrews must act to ensure that companies can’t buy their way out of trouble and allow dangerous drivers to stay on the road.

Tragically, there are no second chances when it comes to road safety but it seems under Daniel Andrews there’s one rule for dangerous drivers in company cars and another rule for everyone else.

Daniel Andrews has dragged his feet for too long on road safety, he must act to close this loophole and ensure dangerous drivers are removed from the road.”

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