A Victorian learner driver has been fined $1600 for being behind the wheel amid tough coronavirus restrictions.

Hunter Reynolds, 17, was learning to drive in the wet with her mother when a police officer pulled the car over on the weekend.

The pair had been travelling about 30 kilometres from their Hampton home to Frankston.

The teenager was given a $1652 on-the-spot penalty for breaching stage-three restrictions.

Under the restrictions, Victorians should only be out driving if it’s for one of the permitted purposes.

These include picking up food or other necessary goods, to attend work or education or for an emergency.

The pair plans to challenge the fine in court.


Victoria Police responded to requests for comment saying a review will be conducted.

“Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton is aware of the incident where a learner driver, on the roads with their mother, was issued with a penalty notice for breaching directions issued by the Chief Health Officer,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.

“He has spoken to Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill regarding the matter who is following up the circumstances surrounding the incident. AC Hill will review the matter and see whether discretion could have been used in this instance.”

In the past 24 hours, Victoria Police conducted 983 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services across the state and 108 fines were issued.