Certain traffic offences attract a ‘mandatory interlock order’ which means that after the expiry of the relevant disqualification period the driver must have an approved interlock device installed for a specified period of time.
An interlock is an electronic breath testing device linked to a vehicle’s ignition which will prevent a vehicle from starting unless a breath sample is given that returns a negative reading for alcohol.
Mandatory interlock orders apply to:
However, a court may ‘exempt’ a driver from the interlock requirement if he or she:
An interlock exception order must not be made, except in the case of first offence mid range drink driving, on the basis that the driver:
Those who cannot afford to install or maintain an interlock can apply to the RMS for financial assistance.
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