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In Victoria, the collection of unpaid parking fines has come under the microscope of the government.
Operators of private car parks have been issuing unenforceable notices made to appear as fines. To issue the notices, private car park operators had the ability to obtain the name of address of vehicle owners by application through VicRoads.
Moving forward, the Victorian Government has introduced legislation removing the ability of these private car park operators to obtain the name and address of the vehicle owners. (In other jurisdictions such as NSW, Roads and Maritime will not release the registered owners contact details even where a creditor has a valid PPSR listing).
VCAT had ruled in 2014 that the unpaid fines being claimed as liquidated damages amount to a penalty, and therefore unenforceable.