Alcohol Interlock Exemptions
Tasmania's Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program (MAIP) applies to people who are convicted of drink driving offences after serving their disqualification. An alcohol ignition interlock stops a vehicle from being started if the driver has been drinking alcohol - a "Lockout". Interlocks protect road users by ensuring drivers are separating drinking and driving.
You are entitled to apply for an exemption from some or all aspects of the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program (MAIP). Exemptions can be applied for at a *cost MAIP Exemption Fee. Exemption fee is non-refundable.
You can apply for an exemption based on more than one reason. (Only one Exemption Request Form is required.)
Exemptions can be applied for based on the following:
- You have a medical condition, supported by a medical certificate from a specialist relevant to your medical condition, that explains why you cannot operate an alcohol interlock;
- You reside on or are a frequent visitor to King Island or in the Furneaux Group and it is not feasible to install an alcohol interlock to a vehicle you must drive;
- You or a member of your family will be caused severe hardship if you have to participate in the program; or
- You have an alcohol interlock installed in a personal vehicle, but also need to drive a work vehicle to or from work or for the purposes of work. In such cases an exemption may be sought form the requirement to have an interlock installed in your work vehicle. (If you only intend on driving a work vehicle (i.e. you have not nominated another vehicle and had an alcohol interlock installed in this vehicle or been granted an exemption based on other grounds) you will not be eligible for a work exemption and will be required to have an alcohol interlock device fitted to your work vehicle as a condition of re-licensing)
The Registrar of Motor Vehicles will use the MAIP Guidelines to assist in making a decision on whether to grant an exemption
To apply for an exemption you will need to complete the Exemption Request Form and supply all required supporting documentation along with any fee required*. Refer to the application form for more details about applying for an exemption.
*If the offence that triggered the requirement to have an interlock installed occurred before 31 July 2013 the exemption application fee is does not need to be paid (see below).
If you committed an offence that triggered the requirement to have an alcohol interlock system installed prior to 31 July 2013 you will be entitled to a fee waiver.
The fee waiver is available because the government has determined that drivers that fall into this category didn't have the opportunity to understand the full impact of their offence and therefore couldn't plan for the financial onus that such a condition of relicensing would place on them.
The fee waiver will cover standard installation, servicing (for 15-months) and removal costs associated with participation in the program. It will not cover additional costs associated with program violations (e.g. lockouts).
If you wish to apply for an exemption the Exemption Fee will also be waived.
You will only be eligible for a fee waiver for one vehicle and will still need to pay standard licensing fees including the fee for the reissue of your driver licence.
If you have already entered the program and are entitled to a fee waiver you will be eligible for a refund of any applicable installation, administrative or scheduled servicing fees that you may have paid. You do not need to apply for a refund a cheque will automatically be sent to you.