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Been booked for out of date flares?

Postby fisho79 Tue May 17, 2016 11:15 pm ... drawn.html

You shouldn't need to do anything, but just in case they miss you

Victoria Police is in the process of withdrawing 1825 penalty infringement notices that were incorrectly issued to boat and personal watercraft operators for safety flare offences.

An internal review found that the infringements had been wrongly issued for possessing expired flares while operating a vessel. Under legislation at the time, the correct penalty for this offence was a charge and summons to appear before a court.

Water Police and Maritime Safety Victoria officers became aware of the error in May last year and a review was initiated.

Victoria Police and Maritime Safety Victoria are in the process of contacting the 1825 people who have been incorrectly issued with these infringement notices since December 2005.

All fines that have been paid will be refunded in full, and no further action will be taken.

Flares hold a serviceable life of three years. Vessel operators must ensure flares are current and obtain new ones if their use-by-dates are reached.

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Re: Been booked for out of date flares?

Postby sparkymizzo Wed May 18, 2016 10:12 am

the fine must have been small compared to being in possession of explosives without a current pyrotechnics license. which is why its a court appearance instead of fine, may even carry prison sentence with the new terrorism laws.

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