Police quietly drop 1825 expired flare penalty notices (but how will they refund you?)
Police have been issuing wrong penalties for 10 years! 1825 penalty notices from last decade will be refunded (assuming they can find you).
Today’s hot story (sorry, couldn’t resist that one) is that Victoria Police has quietly announced it will withdraw 1825 penalty notices for offences related to expired flares.
The reason? It seems that the penalty notices to those almost 2000 people were issued incorrectly. Everyone who got done should have instead been given a summons to appear in court.
But wait, there’s more. According to the announcement by the Vic Police media unit: "Victoria Police and Maritime Safety Victoria are in the process of contacting the 1825 people who have been incorrectly issued with these infringement notices since December 2005."
You read that correctly. This has been going on for 10 years.
But wait, there’s more still. The media release goes on to say that "Water Police and Maritime Safety Victoria officers became aware of the error in May last year and a review was initiated."
So not only has this been going on for 10 years, but it’s now May 2016 — a full year after the problem was identified. Better late than never, eh?
How much effort would one have to go to prove one received a penalty? How will the money be reimbursed? Will the money be sent in the post or do we have to line up at Vic Roads? And what if the recipient of the fine has gone interstate, left the country, is deceased, or otherwise?
Either way, Vic Police says no further action will be taken on those expired fines. It probably beats fronting court.
Here’s the glorious full-length media release from the Victoria Police media unit.
Have you been stung by this? How will you be claiming your refund? Leave a comment below.
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