A trigger occurs when a breath sample is provided with a BAC equal to or greater than 0.020 and prevents the operation of a vehicle. It applies to:
• Breath samples provided to interlock prior to the operation of the vehicle
• Breath samples provided to the interlock during the operation of the vehicle
• Failing to provide a breath sample when requested during the operation of the vehicle
Triggers: If 3 or more triggers (see Q above) are recorded during any one monthly scheduled inspection period, then a requirement of the scheme has been breached. The restricted driving period will be restarted from the date of the last trigger recorded by the interlock.
Violations: Any instance of tampering, circumvention or battery disconnect will cause your program to be extended. Breaching any rules and guidelines also risks a program extension.
You will be notified in writing that you have breached the scheme and your restricted driving period will be extended. You may be required to attend Alcohol Assessment and Treatment.
To qualify for completion the following criteria must be met:
Once the above criteria have been met the Department of Transport will:
*Requirements may be different for holders of extraordinary licences. Contact the Department of Transport on 13 11 56 for more information.
Once you have been notified in writing of your completion of the scheme and have the ‘I’ condition removed from your licence, you can book an appointment with your nearest service centre to have the interlock device removed.
It is possible to have your Interlock Device removed early without completing your interlock program. If you wish to take this option, you can book a removal appointment at your service centre and will be asked to complete an Interlock Removal Form. Keep in mind that the interlock condition will not be removed from your licence, and you will not be able to drive any vehicle without an Interlock Device installed.
If you wish to complete the scheme and remove the ‘I’ condition from your licence, you will have to restart from the beginning.
You must attend your scheduled services in person. On ONE single occasion during the scheme, you can have someone else attend the service in your place. If this occurs more than once, a requirement of the scheme has been breached and the program will be extended for a further 180 days.
Although the servicing period is not typically extended, if you live over 150km away from a service provider, you may be eligible for an exemption from the scheme.