Infringements – Fine Reduced By 60%

vanOur client was a university student who purchased a van and lent it to an associate. The associate undertook delivery work and gave our client a daily rate for using the van. No agreement was made regarding the tolls, which did not ever cross our client’s mind as he has never had to rely on tolls on a daily basis. As a result, our client incurred a significant amount of fines for using the toll way without a pass. Our client did not receive the infringements as he had moved share houses 6 times and had not updated VicRoads of his address because he did not have a stable address during that time.

In not receiving the infringements, our client did not have an opportunity to act in relation to them and so administration costs were incurred and started to add up. By the time our client attended at our office, the infringements totalled just over $111,000.

Dee Giannopoulos represented our client at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.

Our client did not fall within the specified categories in relation to homelessness, drug/alcohol addiction or financial hardship. However, based on the submissions made, His Honour found that special circumstances did exist.

Our client received a 60% reduction and was placed on a manageable payment plan. This is a very good result considering that if the fines remained at $111,000, our client would have been facing in excess of 300 days imprisonment had he defaulted on the payment plan arranged.


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Dee is based in our Melbourne office and appears at all Courts in Victoria. Dee’s commitment to her clients and her passion for justice drives her to achieve great results.

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