Legislation: Driving offences

This chapter only deals with the driving offences that people who drive in Victoria should be familiar with. Unless otherwise mentioned, the term “motor vehicle” refers to both a motorbike and a motor car. The word “driver” refers to both a motorcyclist and a car driver. All common minor traffic offences are referred to as “road rules offences”.

The law relating to driving offences in Victoria is complex and subject to constant change. The Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic) (“RS Act”), the major piece of legislation governing road law in Victoria, is subject to constant review, with the trend always being towards tougher conditions and penalties for drivers. Also, important provisions about Victorian road law are contained in the:

Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009 (“Drivers Regulations”);

Road Safety (Road Rules) Regulations 2009 – the Victorian version of the Australian Road Rules;

Road Safety (General) Regulation 2009.

Provisions relating to driving offences are also contained in the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) (“CP Act”).