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Requests to waive or reduce prescribed costs or fees

Under s 9 of the Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic) (FRA), you may also apply to Fines Victoria if you believe that you should not have to pay some or all of the extra fees that have been added during the infringements process and that there are sufficient grounds to vary the amount of those fees. In certain circumstances, Fines Victoria might reject an application for enforcement review but agree to vary some of the additional fees that are attached to the fine.

This is particularly useful for fines that are not eligible for enforcement review, or where a client is particularly concerned about the risks of any enforcement review and prefers to enter into a payment arrangement.

An application for a reduction or waiver of prescribed costs can be made separately or could be lodged simultaneously with an application for a payment arrangement.

If Fines Victoria decides to vary the amount of costs you are ordered to pay, it must send you a notice setting out the new amount that you owe. You have 21 days from the date of the notice in which to pay the original penalty, plus the new amount of costs (or to apply to enter into a payment arrangement).