Road Safety Act 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 legislation 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 Amendment 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 suspension for speeding’ in ‘Common driving offences‘.)
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).
Transport Legislation Bill
Part 5 of the Transport Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2021 (Vic) makes several changes to the Road Safety Act. Most notably, the Bill increases the penalties for unlicensed drivers.
The Bill received royal assent on 10 August 2021 and is due to come into operation on or before 1 March 2022.
Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic)
Provisions relating to driving offences are also in the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) (‘CP Act’).