The role of the Police Infringement Bureau is to assist the public with fair and accurate processing of infringement notices.
Police issue infringement notices in response to offending that is in breach of the law, such as speeding (these notices are often called speeding tickets or speeding fines), not wearing a seat belt or using a mobile phone while driving. A set infringement fee is imposed as a standard penalty and is written on the notice with a date when payment is due.
Research demonstrates that enforcement of traffic offending reduces the occurrence of fatal and serious injury crashes. Infringement notices enable Police to respond to offending in a manner that holds people accountable for their actions, encouraging future legal compliance and safe practices, but without a more serious court prosecution.
Many people call infringement fees 'fines', but technically the fees only become fines if they are not paid on time. This process is explained below.