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The Melbourne Road Rule That No Longer Exists Due To Error

Victoria Police has now stopped issuing on-the-spot infringement notices for a 40KM/h rule while passing emergency vehicles after a glitch was desired.

The directive to not issue fines was made on July 7 when it was discovered the offence code for the new road rule was incorrectly assigning three demerit points and a $277 fine.

No demerit points apply to the new road rule, which came into force on July 1.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said anyone who may have been issued with a penalty notice to date would be notified and the notice withdrawn.

“It appears the error was made when assigning an offence code to the new rule in the road safety general regulations,” she said.

“The result of this incorrectly assigns three demerit points to a motorist in addition to the correct monetary penalty infringement of $277.”

The infringements will be held over and could be reissued once the error was rectified, however.

“Motorists are reminded that the legislation came into effect on July 1 and is still enforceable with police able to proceed with the offence by way of summons,” she said.

“The primary aim of the new legislation is to change driver behaviour and to raise awareness around emergency service members’ safety, so police will still be speaking with motorists about the new rule.”

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