Offence to Drive High-Powered Vehicle
What the Law states – Offence to drive high powered motor vehicle
ROAD SAFETY (DRIVERS) REGULATIONS 2009
Reg. 57. Offence to drive high powered motor vehicle
Reg 57: (1) The holder of a probationary driver licence must not drive a probationary prohibited vehicle on a highway.
Maximum Penalty for the charge of Offence to drive high powered motor vehicle
10 penalty units
What the Prosecution must prove – Offence to drive probationary prohibited vehicle
1. The driver was a probationary driver.
2. The driver drove a high powered motor vehicle on a highway.
Possible Defences – Offence to drive probationary prohibited vehicle
1. Factual dispute.
2. The person was driving a high powered motor vehicle in the course of his or her employment and at the request of his or her employer.
3. The person is exempt by written authorisation from VicRoads due to their employment or family circumstances.
4. The person was driving sitting next to a person who holds an appropriate licence for the category of vehicle and that there is a driver under instruction plate affixed to, and facing out from, the front and rear of the vehicle.
Which court will hear the charge?
Offence to Drive High-Powered Vehicle is a summary offence and so it will be heard at the Magistrates’ Court.