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New alcohol interlock laws have commenced in Victoria as of 1 October 2014 which will affect anyone whose licence has been cancelled as a result of a drink driving offence. Once their cancellation period has ended the offender will be required to have an alcohol interlock installed to their vehicle for a minimum of six months. this includes all motor vehicles to be driven on victorian roads.
All participants will be required to have a mandatory camera installed as part of the new VicRoads run alcohol interlock program as of 1st Febuary 2014 to help identify the individual that has attempted to provided the breath sample prior to starting the vehicle and subsequent re-tests.
Alcohol Interlocks have been introduced in Victoria to combat statistics published by VicRoads which state that drink drivers are responsible for 25 to 30 per cent of deaths and 11 per cent of serious injuries on our roads, while 30 per cent of drink-drivers involved in fatal crashes are repeat offenders. Repeat drink-drivers make up 20 per cent of all drink-drivers detected.
Under the changes, it is expected that at least 10,000 drink drivers a year, up from 5,400 per year, will have to fit alcohol interlocks to their vehicles before they can drive on our roads again.
The first stage will make alcohol interlocks mandatory for the following new groups of drink-drivers:
- every first offender who has a probationary licence or learner permit;
- other drivers who have a BAC of 0.07 to 0.15;
- drivers with a BAC under 0.07 whose licences are cancelled, including professional drivers of buses, taxis and vehicles over 15 tonnes;
- novice motorcycle riders who are subject to a zero BAC limit;
- all repeat offenders with a BAC reading under 0.07; and
- first serious alcohol-related vehicle offences under the Sentencing Act 1991, such as culpable driving involving alcohol.
The second stage will include all other drink-drivers not currently subject to an alcohol interlock because their licences have not been cancelled. The second stage is expected to increase the number of drivers and riders required to use alcohol interlocks from 10,700 to approximately 13,300 per year.
Interlocks are currently mandatory for:
- all offences with a BAC of 0.15 or more;
- most repeat offences;
- first offences by young drivers with a BAC of 0.07 or more;
- refusing a breath test or driving under the influence of alcohol; and
- Repeat serious offences under the Sentencing Act 1991, such as culpable driving involving alcohol.
For further information continue to the FAQ section.
Program Violation Chart
|Type of Violation||Violation Limit||Violation trigger Point|
|initial Test violation||5||0.020 BAC on attempted start|
|Rolling Re-Test Violation||2||0.020 BAC on rolling re-test|
|Skipped Rolling Retest||5||Failing to provide test within 5 minutes|
|Circumvention||1||Starting or by-passing device without taking a test|
|Combination||5||Combination of initial test violations and Skipped rolling re-tests|
|Battery Disconnect||20 Minutes||Disconnecting the vehicles battery for 20 Minutes or longer|
*Once violation limits have been reached the unit will display 7 day count down. You must return for an unscheduled service within the 7 day period or the device will permanently lock and you will require an unlock code. A maximum of 2 unlock codes can be issued per service period. The vehicle will need to be towed after that.
You will need to contact head office for issue of the unlock code.
Random RE-Test Schedule for Alcohol Interlocks Victoria
- you will be required to provide a breath sample in the first 5 to 15 minutes of the vehicle starting
- you will be required to provide subsequent samples at random times ranging from 15 to 60 minutes after the first Re-test
- You are required to provide a breath sample every time the device requests a test, even if you have reached your destination and you turn the vehicle off.
Frequently asked questions about Alcohol Interlocks Victoria
Q: I need a court order before VicRoads will re-issue my licence. What do I need to do?
There are two ways that a person may have their drivers licence cancelled and / or disqualified for offences such as drink/drug driving or other applicable offences (eg. assault, theft, possess drugs):
- Following an on-the-spot ticket
- By order of a Court.
If you lost your licence as a result of an on-the-spot infringement, the licence cancellation and disqualification period usually operates 28 days after the issue of the infringement. In this situation, for the purpose of making an Application for Licence Eligibility Order, you must supply the Court with a copy of the infringement notice or an extract of your driving history which is obtained from VicRoads.
If you lost your licence at a Victorian Magistrates' Court, you need to attend the nearest Magistrates’ Court venue to where you reside to make an Application for Licence Eligibility Order. The Court will ask for the appropriate fee and fix a hearing date for your application a minimum of 28 days later, the date also being after your disqualification period has ended. During this time the police will contact you to arrange an interview regarding your application.
You should attend the Court at least 28 days before your licence or permit disqualification period ends to lodge your application and pay the fee. You may lodge your application prior to the end of the disqualification period, but the Court can only hear it once the period of your disqualification is finished.
If your Application for a Licence Eligibility Order is successful, you will be given a form to take to VicRoads so that you can arrange to have your licence issued.
If you are unsure how you go about getting your licence back or what category you may fit into, please go to our Driver's Licence Restoration Guide or contact your nearest Magistrates’ Court for further advice.
Q: Who must apply to the Court for a Licence Eligibility Order before being re-licensed?
If your offence was committed on or before10 October 2006, provided it was your first offence* and your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was less than 0.10%, you may apply direct to VicRoads to be re-licensed.
If your first offence* was committed on or after 11 October 2006 provided your were over 25 years of age at the time of the offence, the holder of a full Victorian Drivers licence and your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was less than 0.07%, you may apply direct to VicRoads to be re-licensed.
For any offence other than those described in the two points above, you are required to apply to the Court for a Licence Eligibility order to be re-licensed.
*A first offence includes any previous drink driving conviction or finding of guilt which is:
- more than 10 years old and
- you have been re-licensed after that offence.
Q: Do I need to complete a Driver Education course before applying to the court?
For drink driving offences, If it was your first offence with a BAC reading under 0.150% it is mandatory to complete a drink driving course if you were under 26 years of age or the holder of a probationary driver licence at the time of the offence.
It is also mandatory to complete a course in certain drug driving offences if it was your first offence and you were under the age of 25 at the time of the offence.
However nearly all Magistrates in Victoria require that you complete such a course to gain a better understanding of the effects of alcohol or drugs in your system and how it impairs your driving ability.
A Magistrate may refuse an application for Licence Eligibility order or adjourn the application in order for you to complete a driver education course. It is therefore advisable that you complete the driver education course to ensure there are no delays in obtaining your licence back.
VicRoads can also request that you complete a Driver Education Course before giving you your licence back.
Q: Do I have to complete an Alcohol or Drug assessment before attending Court?
Drivers convicted or found guilty of a drink driving or drug driving offence may be required to complete an alcohol / drug assessment from an accredited agency. It depends on which offence you were charged with (see your charge sheet) or if a finding was made that the offence was committed under the influence or alcohol or drugs. In some circumstances you may not be required to have an assessment.
For a first drink driving offence or refusal on or before 10 October 2006 and the BAC level was 0.15% or more, an alcohol assessment is required at least 12 months before applying for a Licence Eligibility order.
For the offence driving under the influence of a drug, a drug assessment is required at least 12 months before applying for a Licence Eligibility order.
A drug assesment is required at least 6 months before applying for a Licence Eligibility order for the following drug driving offences:
- Impaired by drug
- Refuse drug assessment
- Refuse to provide blood/urine sample
The following offences, where a finding has been made that the offence was committed under the influence or alcohol or drugs, will require an alcohol or drug assessment at least 12 months before applying for a Licence Eligibility order:
- Manslaughter (first offence, on or after 1/11/01)
- Negligently cause serious injury (first offence, on or after 1/11/01)
- Culpable Driving causing death (first offence, on or after 1/11/01)
- Dangerous driving causing death or serious injury (first offence, on or after 13/10/04)
- Dangerous or negligent driving while pursued by police (first offence, offence on or after 30/09/13)
The following offences, where a finding has been made that the offence was committed under the influence or alcohol or drugs, will require an alcohol or drug assessment at least 3 months before applying for a Licence Eligibility order:
- Theft or attempted theft of mother vehicle (first offence, on or after 30/09/13)
- Any other offence (offence on or after 30/09/13)
The number of months required to complete the alcohol or drug assessment before applying for a Licence Eligibility order may be reduced in exceptional circumstances only by order of the Court.
Q: Where do I complete Drug or Drink driving courses or assessments?
For accredited driver education programs and accedited agencies, contact Direct Line on: 1800 888 236.
Q: Do I need to obtain a Licence Eligibility Report before attending Court?
You must obtain a Licence Eligibility Report within 28 days of the court hearing in the following circumstances:
- for any offence if the BAC is above .015%
- for subsequent offences if the BAC is below 0.15%
- offences of driving under the influence or any refusal drink driving offence
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact your local service agent or call 1300 256 900.