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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Well havent l had a wonderful week - a hellish week at work which culminated in a Black Friday (at work) and having to driving 70 miles each way to do something that someone else had messed up!

So come home - Friday night - relief - NOPE - we got a speeding fine through the door from when we hired the car in Australia (in Victoria) - for a princely sum of AU$215 - LOVELY! We were only 3km over the limit before a fine kicks in too - which is even more galling!!

So what happens if we dont pay (considering we are hopefully going back next year) - will it mean we will get pulled at immigration or not be able to hire another car? Bottom line should we just pay the bill and get over the hellish week!

One thing is for sure - lm cracking open a bottle of vino tonight - sod the bloody diet!!

Heather

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Enjoy the wine!
By the way, where exactly was it? I don't like to get caught as well, but I hate slow driving.
215 AUD, is that normal over there? Like it's crime or so, they should go for the real criminals!

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

We were only 3km over the limit before a fine kicks in too - which is even more galling!!

Wow, only 3km?! Well, lucky for us, the Royal Malaysian Police give a leeway of up to 10km/h if caught by a speedtrap camera. So if the speed limit is 80km/h, we could safely drive up to 90km/h without getting a fine. The leeway is given just in case there is a callibration error in either the speedometer of the vehicle or the speedtrap camera itself.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Not sure where it was it was on 28th Dec - we were driving back inland (long straight road) from Warnabool to Melbourne to get hire car back in time!

Well the fine is working out £80 - l think fines in UK are around £30-50 so quite a hike!

What lve been reading though Victoria has a real no tolerance view point so apparently its to be expected apparently.

Im still pretty fed up about it all!

5. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Well the fine is working out £80 - l think fines in UK are around £30-50 so quite a hike!

£60 and 3 points minimum in the UK. ;)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Ok, slow driving for me in Victoria, but in South Australia and Norhter Territory I want that car to move! It's a Ford Falcon with a 4.0 litre V6, so it has to run 200 km/h.
In Holland speeding is fun. I had about 15 dollar fine lately for speeding 8km/h on the freeway.
But more than 30km/h faster than allowed is pricey and 50km/h faster will mean you loose your drivers licence when stopped by the police immediately.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

It must've been in Melbourne area, because I can recall one of my family members who lives in the area getting a ticket for going 1km an hour over the limit a few years back. Fines sure aint that rediculous in Tasmania for only going 3km over the limit, you most likely get away with that as the speed cameras are often wrong by a fraction. You should've done it in the Northern Territory where some roads don't even have a speed limit so you could drive at 200km an hour and not get in trouble.

I say pay the bill and get over the hellish week, because the last thing you want is to have a black mark next to your name which is what is likely to happen. If you don't pay it I reckon that the government will put something next to your name and then if you come back to Australia you'd get in trouble maybe even refused entry with how rediculous the government in Australia is making things.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

3km/h over the limit??? That's ridiculous.

So I take it that you got caught by a speed camera? They generally set these cameras so that you have to be a reasonable amount over the limit to trigger them - say doing 70 in a 60 zone.

You have three choices:

1. Pay it and be done with it.
2. Contest it - send them a letter and make up some story or other and let them know that you have a perfect driving record in Ireland.
3. Throw it in the bin and forget about it.

Hmm, option 3 looks good.

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

As much as l am inclined to go with your option 3 James l think aharrold45 says about we COULD be refused entry again etc etc is on my mind and lm such a good wee citizen that l never get into trouble with the law! So we will just cough up and moan about it for about 4 weeks!

Oh another wonderful thing has happened - l booked an overnight trip in the Hilton Dublin for next weekend for us - thinking be nice wee suprise - Paul then mentions he has to fly to Heathrow on Sunday as he has a conference starting at 9am on Monday morning! I cant cancel the booking - it was a pay in advance cheaper rate! Now the weekend will be cut short and l wanted to go shopping on Sunday too! Oh l should just go to bed and pull the duvet over my head and stay there till Monday!

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Don't worry things will get on the up sooner or later. I went about 4 months without the slightest thing going wrong in my RTW trip, then one nightmarish day my worst travel nightmares came truen (my airline tickets, two countries passports, irreplaceable things that I had kept for my travel diary and more all got stolen off a bus. Almost all of it would have been worth nothing to the f**k head that stole the bag, but that was a complete nightmare. I reckon I aged 10 years in that week. Then not long after that, I got mugged and was sent flying down a hill landing on my feet awkwardly (about a 1 1/2 metre drop) spraining ligaments in my foot making it unbarebly painful to walk at all for the following 3 months (but I forced myself through all that pain to keep walking to enjoy my time as much as possible). I got all the passports and airline ticket problems sorted after about 2 months and about 10,000 miles later. Not long after that I had someone try and steal my digital camera off of me, but with a bit of a fight I got away without losing it. All of that happened within the space of about a month, it was just one thing after another after another for a while. I pushed myself through all those things that just make you feel like giving up, and enjoyed as much of that difficult period of time as possible. Then things got better and no other disasters happened for the remaining couple of months on my trip. So keep your eyes set on your aim (to enjoy all your time as much as possible while you can). If you do that then things will start improving and hopefully this last bummer of a thing with the Hilton will be your last problem. Do make sure you pay the fine even though it is bloody rediculous, because you don't know what the Australian government will do. I mean they are getting more and more like America every day. America has laws regarding not getting a visa for a minor criminal record like possesion of a controlled substance or anything at all, so if we don't already sooner or later Australia will have the same sort of crap for tourists and you don't want to be on that blacklist.