Hundreds of Victorian drivers mistakenly unlicensed

7:17pm Oct 16, 2018


More than 350 drivers have had their licenses mistakenly taken off them, in a multi-million-dollar bungle by Fines Victoria.

Costing $16 million, the replacement system at the government body has triggered a raft of problems.

Among them, 355 people have had their licence wrongly removed, while 20,000 warrants have been issued – 980,000 less than the annual average.

“People could potentially be in contempt of court orders in some serious cases,” Shadow Attorney-General John Pesutto said.

3AW’s Neil Mitchell revealed the extent of the problem on his program this morning, explaining that the original budget was “$5 million”.

“They’ve spent $16 million trying to fix it and it’s not fixed yet, it won’t be fixed until next year… it’s a massive blowout,” Mitchell told 9News.

Despite the millions already poured into the replacement system, Fines Victoria admitted more spending could be on the way.

“We are spending some more time to fix this, and there is some work to do,” Emma Catford from Fines Victoria said.

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