Police forced to withdraw hundreds of PSO-issued fines after law bungle
Police have blamed a "misinterpretation of the law" following revelations that protective service officers working at train stations have been issuing fines without the legal authority to do so.
An internal audit undertaken in August by Victoria Police found that about 2 per cent of infringements issued by transit protective service officers (PSOs) were invalid because the officers had been provided erroneous information about their legal authority to issue certain fines.
Officers were incorrectly told during training they had the authority to issue infringement notices for traffic and liquor offences.
“Unfortunately, it appears the amended legislation has been misinterpreted and as a result the information provided to the PSOs was incorrect,” Police Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill said.
Does this suggest that the fines discussed in this thread are actually invalid?