Motorist has more than $100,000 in road fines forgiven

Published: 25 April 2017


A Geelong magistrate has wiped out $114,000 in traffic fines for one very fortunate Indian migrant, who racked up the unbelievable bill because he did not understand Victoria’s electronic toll system, his lawyer claimed in court.

The court heard Sangreet Vasishth committed a multitude of speeding and roads offences in 2012 and 2013, lost demerit points, lost his license, and was caught on camera driving without the legal ability to do so, the Geelong Advertiser reports.

“In India you physically pay (tolls) as you go along,” lawyer Bernie Balmer said in court, according to the Geelong Advertiser.

The court heard Mr Vasishth arrived as a student, but was now married to an Australian woman with whom he has a child.

A number of factors, including the terms of his visa, his inability to drive, and his struggle with depression had left Mr Vasishth without work and in “extreme financial hardship,” the court was told, according to the Geelong Advertiser.

Magistrate Therese McCarthy told Mr Vasishth “I’m giving you a chance to start again,” and wiped out his debt outright.