Please pass this email on to the appropriate person/office.
In September 2015 a court in Frankston, Victoria, Australia found that a motorcyclist had broken the law by attaching a camera to their helmet. The fine was $289 and 3 demerit points lost. The court reduced this to $150 but found the rider guilty nevertheless.
Motorcycle & scooter riders in Victoria have been pulled up by police many, many times and not booked for helmet cameras. In other Australian states helmet cameras are legal or tolerated. Some police forces use motorcycle helmet cameras to enforce in-car offences like mobile phone use and the footage is accepted as evidence in courts.
Bicyclists in Victoria are encouraged to use helmet cameras as a safety device. We are told the footage from bicyclists' helmet cameras is accepted as evidence in Victorian courts.
Given this generally benign attitude to helmet cameras in Victoria, we were surprised when this rider was booked. The case went to court no less than 6 times before the magistrate found an offence had been committed.
We understand that the rider was filmed by MOTORWAY PATROL, a New Zealand reality TV show. If this is true, the Victorian Highway Patrol Officer had to be aware of the TV crew in advance which begs the question, was this rider singled out to provide material for TVNZ and public relations advantage for the Victoria Police?
Did the rider sign a release?
How can we see the footage of the rider being booked for wearing a helmet camera?
The rider is considering challenging the Frankston Court Decision in the Supreme Court. We would very much appreciate TV NZ cooperating in supplying the information and vision requested. (The IRG does not represent the rider.)
Damien Codognotto OAM Spokesman Independent Riders' Group (IRG)
PO Box 4330
Doncaster Heights Vic 3109
I am the producer of Highway Patrol. The incident you mentioned was shot by this programme, not Motorway Patrol.
We don’t release footage to members of the public, nor do we discuss individual cases with members of the public.
Sorry I can’t be of any assistance.