The Victorian Ombudsman’s report on Fines Victoria complaints confirmed the concern and suspicions of motorists across the Murray Plains electorate, Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said today.
Mr Walsh said that in a report tabled in the Victorian Parliament, the Ombudsman revealed a culture of mismanagement that has impacted on the personal lives of many Victorians, causing distress and hardship.
“Families have been harassed over fines for loved ones who have died, and hundreds of motorists have wrongly lost their drivers licence due to Labor’s incompetence.”
Mr Walsh said good people are being left traumatised, they have felt angry, and have wasted hours on hold trying to have the mistakes of Fines Victoria rectified.
He said that despite promises from Premier Andrews and Attorney-General Jill Hennessey that they would fix the mess it has now been revealed there has been at least a further $8 million blow out in staffing costs.
“Perhaps the greatest concern is that is has also been revealed that road safety measures conducted by the Sheriff’s office have been almost non-existent.”
“In the financial year 2018-19, just 5 roadblocks were conducted by the Sheriff’s office, compared to 99 in 2017-18.
“Fines Victoria has lurched from crisis to crisis in a fiasco that is simply unacceptable.
“It is ordinary, everyday Victorian motorists going about their lives who are paying the price of a Labor government that is treating them with contempt.”