Contesting a Myki Fine from Overseas, with Evidence
Last edited 31/12/2018 - 19:46
EDIT: Looks like I have nothing to worry about it. Thanks (local) internet strangers!
I know this topic has been covered before, but my situation may be slightly different.
Similar post here, but I couldn’t find an explanation of how to contest remotely.
For background, I live in NZ, and used to live in Canberra. I’m in Australia a lot, and I carry two driving licences - one NZ issued, with a much newer issue date (2018), and one ACT full licence (issued 2017). My NZ licence doesn’t have any address; my ACT licence has my NZ address on a sticker.
I caught a train yesterday from Flinders Street station, and tapped on through the barriers near Lord of the Fries. AFAIK, there’s no way to get through the barriers without tapping on. On the train, some officers came around and checked Mykis. Mine must have had some sort of error, because I was told I hadn’t tapped on. I told the officer I had, but through the conversation, handed over my licences & my parents’ address, as that is where I stay here. I was told I would receive a fine of $242(?).
As I live overseas, is there any way to contest this? I would happily take it to court, but don’t believe I could attend, as flights are more than the fine.
If it counts for anything, my Myki is registered under my name, and shows me tapping on and tapping off exactly when expected, with the time the officer checked my Myki right in between. If it also counts, I’ve never had so much as a speeding or parking fine, so I would have next to no record, and there are multiple transactions on the same card that align with previous visits.