I was doing 76KPH in a 70 zone, so 3.5MPH over the limit.
What happened was VICROADS sent the fine to the wrong address in January 2011. I had changed the address when I moved with VR but they did not update it. I have no proof of this because I did not record the phone call. As I am sure you appreciate, when you move here, buy cars, rent houses etc you are very busy and hence do not always keep track of little things like the date you rand vicroads to update your address.
So they sent the original fine for $149 followed by various reminders (to the wrong address) and then in May 2011 an enforcement order telling me I cannot sell my car until the fine is paid (the total had risen to $294).
Eventually (after I bought a second car and registered in at my present address) they figured out where I lived (which they should not have needed to do because I had told them already) and sent me the fine.
I appealed due to the above and pointed out I had never hidden from anything (kept rego up to date, paid other small fines immediately etc) but they were having none of it. So I said I would go to court. But this may take 12 months and regardless of the court case having not been heard, I am still guilty here so still cannot sell the car!
The upshot of it is, is that I cannot sell the car to return to the UK unless I pay the fine which I am not allowed to appeal in a court unless I am willing to leave my car sat on the drive for 12 months (because I am not allowed to reregister it either!)
I think you can see that for exceeding the speed limit by 3.5mph this is a bit ridiculous.
Incidently they have informed me that had I gone to court and lost and still not paid the fine they may have sent me to prison!
Thats right, sent to prison for exceeding the speed limit by 3.5mph.