Victorian Association of Drink & Drug Driver Services

New Drink & Drug Driving Laws in effect from 30th April, 2018

From the 30th April, 2018 new laws came into effect for drink and drug driving penalties.

In summary:

Drink Driving:

Anyone with a full driver licence who has a first offence Blood Alcohol Concentration [BAC] reading at or above 0.05 will incur the following:

  • a fine
  • driver licence cancellation and disqualification, for at least 3 months
  • mandatory alcohol interlock upon licensing for at least 6 months, for drivers eligible for licencing

The changes also apply to commercial drivers with a zero BAC requirement and a first offence BAC reading under 0.05.

All drink-drivers at any level will need to complete a new Behaviour Change Program [BCP] which replaces the existing Drink Driver Education program and alcohol assessments currently required by some drink drivers.

Drug Driving:

Fail an oral fluids test [roadside drug test] when dealt with by Traffic Infringement Notice [TIN]

  • For a first offence, the mandatory licence suspension will increase from 3 months to 6 months

Fail an oral fluids test [roadside drug test] when dealt with by Court

  • For a first offence, the penalty will increase from licence cancellation and a minimum 3 month disqualification to licence cancellation and a minimum 6 month disqualification

The penalty for a repeat offence increases from licence cancellation and a minimum 6 month disqualification to licence cancellation and a minimum 12 month disqualification.

All drug drivers must complete a Behaviour Change Program [BCP].

All drug drivers will also incur a fine.

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