Operation Lift refunds?
If you received an infringement notice from Operation Lift, you might be entitled to a refund
Operation Lift, which you will remember occurred last September in Queensland, incensed the 4WD community all around the country, with enthusiasts having their pride and joy defected due to confusion and a complete lack of understanding of the laws by all involved.
However, the 4WD Queensland Association Facebook group claims that people who were fined for having an ESC vehicle with a lift greater than 50mm during the period where the laws and regulations would change between 50mm and 75mm of allowed lift, can now have their infringements reviewed and possibly receive a refund.
If you believe you fall into this category or know someone who does, email the infringement number or a copy of the infringement to firstname.lastname@example.org ask for it to be reviewed for cancellation.
Unfortunately this may not help everyone who has been affected by the changing lift laws in Queensland, as your traffic defect or infringement notice must state specifics, such as “Tyres on ESC 4WD are 44mm”. This means if your notice says something vague such as “Drive Defective Vehicle”, you may not be eligible for a refund, as they may argue you received the notice for “another reason”.
If you are in doubt about whether you are eligible for a refund, it is still worth sending your notice through to TMR Vehicle Standards to see if something can be done.
We got in touch with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to confirm the story and were told by a spokesperson that;
“We are working with QPS to review any infringement notices drivers believe have been issued in error, but at this stage we are not aware of any instances where this is the case. If drivers believe they have been issued an infringement notice in error, there are processes in place to review these infringements by following the instructions on the reverse side of the notice.”
Check out 4WD Queensland Association’s original Facebook post below: