Alcohol Interlock Scheme

The WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme aims to reduce the road safety risk posed by drink drivers by introducing a mandatory, user pays, performance based scheme in which alcohol interlock devices provide separation of drinking and driving behaviour.

  About the Alcohol Interlock Scheme

Driver using an alcohol interlock device in his car at night

The WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme aims to reduce the road safety risk posed by drink drivers by introducing a mandatory, user pays, performance based scheme in which alcohol interlock devices provide separation of drinking and driving behaviour.

A driver, who commits and is convicted of an alcohol interlock offence in Western Australia on or after the 24th October 2016, will be known as an 'alcohol offender'. An alcohol offender who is subsequently granted a driver's licence will have their licence endorsed with an interlock condition and will be known as an 'interlock-restricted driver'.

An interlock-restricted driver may only drive a vehicle fitted with an approved alcohol interlock.

The interlock condition will only be removed from a person's driver's licence when they have participated for a minimum period of time and demonstrated the separation of drinking and driving behaviour for a continuous 180 day period immediately prior to exiting the scheme by satisfying all requirements of the scheme.

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  What is an alcohol interlock?

Alcohol interlocks are electronic breath analysis devices installed in vehicles that prevent the vehicle from being operated unless a breath sample is provided for analysis by the interlock. The alcohol interlock will prevent the vehicle from being started if the interlock detects alcohol equal to or greater than the pre-set 0.02% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit in the driver's breath sample provided for analysis. Randomly timed breath tests must be provided when prompted by the interlock whilst driving a vehicle.

Note: Although the interlock is set at 0.02% BAC, alcohol offenders and interlock-restricted drivers are legally required to have a zero percentage BAC when driving. This requirement will remain until you successfully complete the Scheme.

The alcohol interlock records every breath sample provided and any attempt to tamper with the interlock. This information is used to monitor the separation of drinking and driving behaviour and determine if there has been a breach of the scheme requirements.

Only alcohol interlocks approved by the Chief Executive Officer Department of Transport WA, can be used by an interlock-restricted driver in Western Australia.

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  Alcohol interlock offences

On or after the 24th October 2016 if a person commits and is convicted in Western Australia of any of the following alcohol interlock offences they will be required to participate in the Alcohol Interlock Scheme. On conviction the person will be disqualified from driving and any driver's licence and/or learners permit held by that person will be cancelled.

Item Road Traffic Act 1974 offences Application to Alcohol Interlock Scheme
a Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle (Section 63(1)(a) or (c)) All convictions
b Dangerous Driving causing death or grievous bodily harm while under the influence of alcohol or alcohol and drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle (Section 59(1)(a) or (bb)) All convictions
c Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm while under the influence of alcohol or alcohol & drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle (Section 59A(1)(a) or (1)(bb)) All convictions
d Failure to comply with requirement to provide a sample of Breath, Blood or Urine sample (Section 67(2)(a)(b)(c) or (d)) All convictions
e Driving with a blood alcohol content of or above 0.08 (Section 64(1)) Where the person has been convicted of a previous offence under (a) to (g) in the preceding 5 years
f Driving with blood alcohol content of or above 0.05 (Section 64AA(1)) Where the person has been convicted of a previous offence under (a) to (g) in the preceding 5 years
g Driving with a blood alcohol content of or above 0.02 (Section 64A(1) & (4)) Where the person has been convicted of a previous offence under (a) to (g) in the preceding 5 years

  Grant of an interlock-restricted licence

Alcohol offenders, on the grant of a driver's licence, will automatically have their licence endorsed with an interlock condition, unless they qualify for an exemption.

A fee is payable to the Department of Transport - Driver and Vehicle Services upon the grant of an interlock-restricted licence to an alcohol offender.

Additional fees and charges associated with installing and servicing of approved alcohol interlocks must be paid by the participant to the Accredited Service Providers and/or Agents.

Refer to the Alcohol interlock - fee section for more details.

Interlock-restricted drivers can only drive motor vehicles fitted with an approved alcohol interlock installed in the vehicle by an accredited service provider.

Applications for a driver's licence can be made at Driver and Vehicle Services Licensing Centres or regional agents. You will need to bring with you your proof of identity.

Exemptions

An alcohol offender may be eligible for an exemption from the Alcohol Interlock Scheme if the Chief Executive Officer, Department of Transport WA is satisfied the person;

  • Resides in a place that is more than 150 kilometres from any premises at which services of an accredited service provider are provided. (Distance is calculated in a straight line to the boundary of the property);
  • Has a medical condition which prevents the person from operating an approved alcohol interlock. Evidence from a general practitioner (GP) or medical specialist is required as part of the exemption application process.

Distance exemptions

On the grant of the interlock restricted licence the Chief Executive Officer will immediately assess whether you are eligible for a distance exemption. If eligible, you will be granted a driver's licence without the interlock condition.

If you are granted an interlock restricted licence and later move to an area that is more than 150 kilometres away from the nearest accredited service provider, you can make an application for an exemption from the scheme based on distance. Applications for exemptions on distance grounds must be made on the 'Exemption from Alcohol Interlock Scheme' (Form E3) and evidence of your new address will be required as part of the application. If you have been granted an exemption and later move to an area that is within 150 kilometres of a service provider the exemption is still valid unless your licence is cancelled.

Medical exemptions

Applications for exemptions on medical grounds must be made on the 'Exemption from Alcohol Interlock Scheme' (Form E3). Your medical practitioner will need to complete the relevant sections, attach any supporting information and submit the report to the Department of Transport. The Department will review your medical practitioners' recommendations and advise you in writing of the outcome.

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  Installation of an approved alcohol interlock devices

Interlock-restricted drivers will need to contact an accredited service provider for the installation of an approved alcohol interlock.

Remember you cannot drive yourself to an accredited service provider, a friend or family member will need to take you. Only after you have had an approved alcohol interlock installed in your vehicle can you legally drive on the road.

The alcohol interlock scheme is a user pays scheme and all other fees and charges associated with the Scheme must be paid by the individual to the Accredited Service Providers and/or Agents.

Each individual must cover all costs associated for use of the interlock device including: installation, rental, servicing and removal costs.

The minimum total estimated cost over six months is $1,600. This estimate is subject to change. In some circumstances further costs may apply.

Note: Driving a vehicle without an approved alcohol interlock installed is an offence against section 49 of the Road Traffic Act 1974 - driving while unlicensed or disqualified and may result in a fine, a period of disqualification and possible imprisonment. In addition, a police officer is required to impound the vehicle in the commission of such an offence.

Accredited Service Providers

The following companies are approved as Accredited Service Providers in Western Australia.

  • Ajen-Smart Start.
  • Draeger Safety Pacific.
  • Guardian Interlock.

Approved alcohol interlock devices

  • Ajen-Smart Start - SSI 20/20 and SSI 20/30.
  • Drager - Interlock 7000.
  • Guardian - Alcolock WR3 and LR.

Prospective alcohol interlock service agents

If you are interested in becoming a service agent, approved to install alcohol interlock devices, please contact the providers below for further information.

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  Alcohol Interlock service providers

Service Type Suburb Business Name Phone number Phone number (secondary) Fax Pre-booking required Business Hours Email Street address Postal address Business Type Comments
Alcohol Interlock service agent Albany Albany Car Stereo (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9842 2868 No Please call for details. 35 Sanford Road, Albany WA 6330 WA Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Albany De Jonge Mechanical Pty Ltd (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9842 2293 No Please call for details. 52 Cockburn Road, Albany WA 6330 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Albany GSM Auto Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9841 6532 No Please call for details. 173 Chester Pass Road, Albany WA 6330 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Armadale Ranger Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9497 1066 No Please call for details. 281 South Western Highway, Armadale WA 6112 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Bellevue Walsh Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9274 1393 No Please call for details. 58A Helen Street, Bellevue WA 6056 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Bibra Lake Aust West Auto Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9494 1633 No Please call for details. 2 Horus Bend, Bibra Lake WA 6163 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Broome Field Air Conditioning and Auto Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9193 5322 No Please call for details. 40 Blackman Street, Broome WA 6725 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Broome Reen Auto Electrics Air Conditioning (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9192 1411 No Please call for details. 18 Flowerdale Road, Broome WA 6725 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Bunbury Bunbury Automotive (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9791 1192 No Please call for details. 9 Zaknic Place, Bunbury WA 6230 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Bunbury Red Light Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9721 5786 No Please call for details. 26 Bourke Street, Bunbury WA 6230 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Canning Vale Class 1 Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) 0419 922 325 No Please call for details. Unit 4, 1 to 5 Mallaig Way, Canning Vale WA 6155 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Castletown Natrad Auto Cooling Centre (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9071 4440 No Please call for details. 73 Norseman Road, Castletown WA 6450 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Derby Derby Auto Electrical & Air Conditioning (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9191 1639 No Please call for details. Lot 17 Derby Highway, Derby WA 6728 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent East Rockingham Autospark East Rockingham (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9527 1591 No Please call for details. 4 Edison Circuit, East Rockingham WA 6168 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Ellenbrook Fleet Integrations Pty Ltd (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 6296 3605 No Please call for details. Shop 3, 7 Comserv Loop, Ellenbrook WA 6069 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Esperance Darren's A1 Auto Pty Ltd (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9071 3551 No Please call for details. 27 Sheldon Road, Esperance WA 6450 WA Authorised Agency
Alcohol Interlock service agent Esperance South Side Auto Centre (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9071 3699 No Please call for details. 48 Norseman Road, Esperance WA 6450 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Exmouth Exmouth Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9949 2262 No Please call for details. 32 Pelias Street, Exmouth WA 6707 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Fitzroy Crossing Crossing Auto & Towing Pty Ltd (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9191 5276 No Please call for details. 18 Bell Road, Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Geraldton Craiges Auto Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9921 4723 No Please call for details. 10 Larkin Street, Geraldton WA 6530 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Geraldton ML Communications (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9965 7555 No Please call for details. 74 Northwest Coastal Highway, Geraldton WA 6530 WA Authorised Agency
Alcohol Interlock service agent Geraldton Oliveri's Auto Electrical & Mechanical Repairs (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9923 9111 No Please call for details. 103 Anderson Street, Geraldton WA 6530 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Joondalup Alberts Car Stereo Joondalup (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9301 2125 No Please call for details. albertsjoondalup@westnet.com.au Unit 5, 182 Winton Road, Joondalup WA 6027 WA Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Joondalup Autospark Joondalup (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9300 3636 No Please call for details. 14 Lincoln Lane, Joondalup WA 6027 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Joondalup City North Auto Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9301 5286 No Please call for details. Unit 4, 71 Winton Road, Joondalup WA 6027 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Kalgoorlie Seely Auto Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9091 6866 No Please call for details. 156 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie WA 6430 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Karratha Jolly Good Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9185 2070 No Please call for details. 34 Karratha Terrace, Karratha WA 6714 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Kununurra Top End Motors (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9168 2207 No Please call for details. 28 Bandicoot Drive, Kununurra WA 6743 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Malaga Autospark Malaga (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9248 2114 No Please call for details. 25 Capital Road, Malaga WA 6090 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Malaga Draeger Safety Pacific Pty Ltd (Alcohol Interlock agent) 1300 780 689 No Please call for details. 72A Irvine Drive, Malaga WA 6090 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Mandurah South Coast Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9582 0472 No Please call for details. Shop 3, 33 Thornborough Road, Mandurah WA 6210 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Mandurah TNT Motor Mechanics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9535 3524 No Please call for details. 9 Fitzgerald Road, Mandurah WA 6210 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Merredin Merredin Carr Care (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9041 1008 No Please call for details. 120 Barrack Street, Merredin WA 6415 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Midvale BM Tronics WA (Alcohol Interlock agent) 1300 789 371 No Please call for details. 27 Elliott Street, Midvale WA 6056 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent Midvale Day Auto Electrical Service (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9274 7337 No Please call for details. 41 Farrell Road, Midvale WA 6065 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Osborne Park Perth Swedish Auto Centre (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9227 9944 No Please call for details. 76 Albert Street, Osborne Park WA 6017 WA Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Port Hedland TLS Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9173 3704 No Please call for details. Lot 1435 Hardie Street, Port Hedland WA 6721 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Guardian
Alcohol Interlock service agent Rockingham Alberts Car Stereo Rockingham (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9529 1829 No Please call for details. albertscarstereos@westnet.com.au Unit 6, 8 Pickard Avenue, Rockingham WA 6168 WA Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Draeger
Alcohol Interlock service agent South Kalgoorlie RAG Auto Electrics (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9022 3377 No Please call for details. 110 Wilson Street, South Kalgoorlie WA 6430 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Wagin Wagin Alcohol Interlock Services (Alcohol Interlock agent) 0437 025 415 No Please call for details. 17 Tavistock Street, Wagin WA 6315 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start
Alcohol Interlock service agent Willetton Schultz Automotive Electrical (Alcohol Interlock agent) (08) 9457 3016 No Please call for details. 6 Gympie Way, Willetton WA 6155 Authorised Agency Alcohol interlock devices sold and serviced: Ajen-Smart Start

  Options for interlock-restricted drivers

Interlock-restricted drivers can only drive vehicles fitted with an approved alcohol interlock from an accredited service provider. To comply with the law interlock-restricted drivers have two options;

Option A: Participate in the Alcohol Interlock Scheme

Interlock-restricted drivers electing to participate in the scheme will enter into a contract with an accredited service provider for the leasing, installation and removal of an approved alcohol interlock.

You will be required to personally present the vehicle for all accredited service provider services, including scheduled inspections every month to have data downloaded from the interlock. Data downloaded from the interlock will be assessed by the Department of Transport to monitor your drinking and driving behaviour. Please note that failing to attend in person may result in a breach of the scheme.

You must comply with all the requirements of the Scheme including participating for a minimum period and demonstrate the separation of drinking and driving behaviour for a minimum of 180 continuous days immediately prior to exiting the scheme.

Upon your successful completion of the scheme, the interlock condition will be removed from your driver's licence and your status as an interlock-restricted driver and an alcohol offender will be revoked.

Option B: Not participating in the Alcohol Interlock Scheme

If you elect not to participate in the WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme, you will by law, only be permitted to drive a vehicle fitted with an approved alcohol interlock installed by an accredited service provider. An approved alcohol interlock may be leased from an accredited service provider. You will be required to attend the accredited service provider at regular intervals (to be determined by the service provider) who will inspect and calibrate the interlock.

The interlock condition will remain on your driver's licence indefinitely and your status as an alcohol offender and interlock-restricted driver will remain, unless you participate in and successfully complete the requirements of the scheme.

Note: Although the interlock is set at 0.02% BAC, alcohol offenders and interlock-restricted drivers are legally required to have a zero percentage BAC when driving. This requirement will remain until you successfully complete the Scheme.

  Alcohol interlock - fee

A fee is payable to the Department of Transport - Driver and Vehicle Services upon the grant of an interlock-restricted licence to an alcohol offender.

The alcohol interlock scheme is a user pays scheme and all other fees and charges associated with the Scheme must be paid by the individual to the Accredited Service Providers and/or Agents.

Each individual must cover all costs associated for use of the interlock device including: installation, rental, servicing and removal costs.

The minimum total estimated cost over six months is $1,600. This estimate is subject to change. In some circumstances further costs may apply.

Contact your nearest accredited service provider for more information on applicable fees and charges.

Alcohol Interlock fee

Fee type Fee
Alcohol Interlock condition $192.30

Concessions

Participants in the Alcohol Interlock Scheme may be eligible for a concession rate for the cost of scheduled inspections if they hold a valid concession card and are receiving the full rate of entitlement.

Valid concession cards need to be presented to the Accredited Service Provider or Agent at time of application and at every scheduled service.

  • Age.
  • Carer.
  • Disability Support Pension Carer.
  • Disability Support Pension Spouse.
  • Disability Support Pension.
  • Health Care card - low income only.
  • MRCA Veterans (Military Rehabilitation and Compensation).
  • Pension Concession card.
  • Service Invalidity.
  • Veteran Age.
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (Extreme Disablement Adjustment). The card must be endorsed 'EDA'.
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated). The card must be endorsed 'TPI'.

  Completing the Alcohol Interlock Scheme

Participants in the WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme can only exit the scheme when they have demonstrated the separation of drinking and driving behaviour.

The following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Completed the minimum restricted driving period;
  • Any period of disqualification has ended (if applicable);
  • Completed Alcohol Assessment and Treatment (if applicable).
  • Demonstrated the separation of drinking and driving for a continuous period of 180 days (no breach events recorded).

Demonstrating the separation of drinking and driving can only be completed immediately prior to exiting the Scheme. The periods are as follows;

  • Permanently disqualified alcohol offenders granted an extraordinary licence - in the last 180 days of the 3 year restricted driving period.
  • Disqualified alcohol offenders granted an extraordinary licence - in the last 180 days the extraordinary licence was granted.
  • Driver's licence holders (not previously granted an extraordinary licence) - a continuous 180 days immediately after being granted their driver's licence.

Upon being satisfied that the above criteria has been met, the Chief Executive Officer, Department of Transport WA will:

  • Remove the interlock condition from your driver's licence;
  • Notify you in writing of the successful completion of the WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme and that you may have the approved alcohol interlock removed from your vehicle by an accredited service provider.

Note: If you are convicted of a subsequent alcohol interlock offence and your licence is cancelled you will be required to complete the scheme again.

 

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