Road Safety A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1986 (Vic)
The law relating to driving offences in Victoria is complex and subject to constant change. The Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic) (‘Road Safety Act’), the major piece of Statutory rules made by parliament or by bodies the parliament delegates power to, for example a local council or a registration authority. See delegated legislation; statute. governing road law in Victoria, is constantly being reviewed. Amendments to the Road Safety Act tend to introduce tougher conditions and penalties for drivers. For example, under the Road Safety and Other Legislation A change made to a legal document or Act of parliament. Act 2020 (Vic) (‘2020 Act’), drivers can now have their driver licence immediately suspended if they are caught speeding excessively (for more information, see ‘Immediate licence Exclusion of a student from school for a stated period as a disciplinary measure (a less severe punishment than expulsion). for speeding’, below).
Road Safety Act
In this chapter, the references to legislation are to the Road Safety Act, unless otherwise stated.
Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009 (Vic)
On 29 October 2019, the Victorian Government replaced the Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009 (Vic) with the Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019 (Vic) (‘Drivers Regulations’). The major change is that now, drivers with an international or interstate driver licence who drive on Victorian roads must convert their driver licence to a Victorian driver licence within six months of living in Victoria – if they meet the residency requirements. If they fail to do so, they risk being charged with unlicensed driving (regs 12, 13 Drivers Regulations).
Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic)
Provisions relating to driving offences are also in the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) (‘CP Act’).