After receiving a handwritten traffic infringement notice from a nice chap from the "Victorian Highway Patrol" I did some research into the regulatory requirements for what the notice must contain. I was surprised to find that these forms seem to fail to meet 2 regulatory requirements, plus in my particular case a third.
Transport (Infringements) Regulations 2010
(1) In addition to the requirements of section 13 of the Infringements Act 2006, an infringement notice must state whether it is an infringement notice in relation to--
(b) a transport infringement
Handwritten police infringements (VP Form 508F) don't have the words "transport infringement". In fact, they barely have the words "traffic infringement", but do have the word "traffic" on its own in the corner (next to a tick-box -- The other option is "excessive speed" which is also not a term in the act).
Infringements (Reporting and Prescribed
Details and Forms) Regulations 2006
8 (1) For the purposes of section 13 of the Act, the
prescribed details which an infringement notice
must contain are—
(h) the Act or other instrument that creates the
infringement offence and a brief description
of the infringement offence alleged to have
Two separate issues arise from this section:
- The infringement has "RR20" instead of actually referencing the act or regulation. This seems to be common practice and may apply to many other notices.
- Also, the infringement notice in my case has the wrong offence. After not crossing out the correct sections and filling in the box incorrectly, the infringement notice reads:
"Exceed speed limit in a * [vehicle other than a heave vehicle] by ** [less than 10km/h] / ** [10km/h or more but less than 15km/h].
The officer should have crossed out the <10km/h box, and should have written 25 instead of 15 for a light vehicle.
OK, I know that smart people have been looking over these forms for years and it's unlikely that I've found anything groundbreaking. But still, anyone have any thoughts on any of these 3 issues?