Alcohol ignition lock order

Introduction

You can be given a court order to install an alcohol ignition lock (AIL) in your vehicle if you're found guilty of repeat drink-driving.

This is in addition to a mandatory disqualification period of your licence.

The court will decide how long you need to install your AIL and this will immediately follow on from your disqualification period.

You will be considered a repeat drink driver if you have at least one prior conviction for drink driving.

Prior convictions for drink driving include:

  • driving with a high range blood alcohol content (blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or greater)
  • driving with a medium range blood alcohol content (blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater, but less than 0.15%)
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug or both alcohol and a drug
  • failing to provide a sufficient sample of breath for a breath analysis
  • failing to give a sample of blood for analysis
  • driving with alcohol in the blood if the driver is subject to a zero alcohol limit.

Your alcohol ignition lock period

An AIL period may be between six months to three years.

You must complete your mandatory licence disqualification period before you can apply for an AIL licence.

If you don't apply for an AIL licence, the AIL period will extend to your licence disqualification.

Before you can regain your licence, you must also complete the drink driver education course relevant to your offence.

You must then get an alcohol ignition lock installed in your vehicle. You will need to learn how your alcohol ignition lock works.

You must complete your lock period.

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Last updated: 16 March 2015

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