1 December 2019 changes

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As of 1 December 2019, new legislation will be effective which will require drivers to follow new steps to be relicensed and to have their alcohol interlock conditions removed from their driver licence or learner permit.

What?s changing from 1 December 2019

Licence Eligibility Orders (LEO)

Some offences will be transferred from the Court to be managed by VicRoads.

A LEO is not required for drink driving offences at any BAC level, repeat drink driving, combined drink & drug driving or for other alcohol related offences such as refusing a breath test.

Where a LEO is not required, the customer can apply directly to VicRoads to be reissued, once their cancellation period has ended and they have met all relicensing requirements, including completing Behaviour Change Program (BCP) and having their alcohol interlock installed. See below for more information regarding the alcohol interlock installation requirements.

An ?Interlock Requirement? will be applied and a minimum interlock duration visible.

A LEO and current relicensing requirements are still required for:

  • Drug driving cancellations; and
  • Any serious motor vehicle offences involving alcohol and/or drugs. Where alcohol is involved, the court will still be required to make a determination about imposing an alcohol interlock.

Interlock Condition Removal Order (ICRO)

There will be no more ICRO hearings. The management of the removal of alcohol interlock conditions will be managed by VicRoads – Driver Relicensing Services.

Drivers will be able to apply to VicRoads via contacting VicRoads ? Driver Relicensing Services or by lodging application via the Alcohol Interlock Management System (AIMS).

The Courts are advising drivers of this change should they try book in for an ICRO hearing on or after 1 December 2019.

Assessment for the ICRO hearing are no longer required on or after 1 December 2019.

Interlock imposition exemption

There will be a new process for relicensing of some historic offences (pre-2014) to allow a small number of drivers to apply for exemption from having an interlock I condition imposed. This change will impact participants that would have faced a discretionary interlock imposition prior to 1 December 2019. VicRoads are currently reviewing the process for these drivers to be exempt from the I condition. Further information will be distributed when available.

There will be a 12-month transition to Alcohol Interlock Program usage and removal rules for those with a most recent alcohol offence was committed before 1/10/14. AIMS will automatically cater for the reduce rules* when the relevant participant applies for removal. No additional application for exemption will be needed.

There will be a 12-month transition to Alcohol Interlock Program usage and removal rules for those with a most recent alcohol offence was committed before 1/10/14. AIMS will automatically cater for the reduce rules* when the relevant participant applies for removal. No additional application for exemption will be needed.

Alcohol Interlock Installation

Alcohol interlock installation will be a relicensing requirement for those who have been flagged to have an Alcohol Interlock ?I? Condition imposed on their licence.

Alcohol Interlock Program requirements

Introduction of regulations to suspend for not installing or for unauthorised uninstalls or failing to maintain an alcohol interlock.

Regulations will enable VicRoads to suspend (or cancel under certain circumstances).

Where a person has removed the interlock or fails to have it serviced for a period, they will be suspended unless they can provide a genuine reason and timeframe to remedy.

This also includes imposing the installation requirement on people with an I condition on a licence granted before 1 December 2019 where they have not installed a device.