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Pensioner Kelvin misplaced his pockets on a bus. Quickly he began receiving different folks’s driving fines and now he faces a $20,000 invoice

Pensioner Kelvin misplaced his pockets on a bus. Quickly he began receiving different folks’s driving fines and now he faces a ,000 invoice


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A Victorian pensioner has been hit with greater than $20,000 in fines after he claims a gaggle of individuals falsely nominated him for his or her driving penalties. 

Kelvin Bellette misplaced his pockets on a bus within the Mornington Peninsula in 2021 and, after reporting it to police, received it again minus his driver’s licence. 

Since then the incapacity pensioner and part-time pizza supply driver has been hit with 60 driving fines from the world, solely 4 of that are his, he says.

Mr Bellette moved to Colac, a three-hour drive west of the Mornington Peninsula, in early 2023 and obtained a high quality for an offence in that space later that 12 months.  

He employed Colac lawyer Tony Pyrtz who sought a photograph linked to the offence that confirmed an individual, clearly not Mr Bellette, behind the wheel. 

‘It appears to be like like his identify has been shopped across the district down on the Mornington Peninsula to appoint him as a driver,’ Mr Pyrtz advised the ABC.

Kelvin Bellette lost his driver's licence on a Mornington Peninsula bus and claims it was 'shopped around' for people to nominate him for driving fines

Kelvin Bellette misplaced his driver’s licence on a Mornington Peninsula bus and claims it was ‘shopped round’ for folks to appoint him for driving fines

The driving infringements embody for rushing, driving with no seatbelt and driving unregistered automobiles in a toll zone. 

‘He is been in a spiral of coping with fines that are not his,’ Mr Pyrtz mentioned. 

Fines Victoria has since offered Mr Bellette’s lawyer with an inventory of the individuals who nominated him as the motive force for infringement notices.

The checklist reveals seven completely different people, driving completely different automobiles, nominated him as the motive force, with one individual doing so for 3 completely different offences.

A Mornington Peninsula trades enterprise additionally nominated him for eight completely different offences.

‘Kelvin has by no means owned or been in any of those automobiles, and he would not know any of the individuals who nominated him because the accountable driver,’ Mr Pyrtz mentioned.

A really confused Mr Bellette entered right into a cost plan to chip away on the huge debt, and solely uncovered what seems to have occurred with Mr Pyrtz’s assist.

Below Victorian legislation knowingly offering false or deceptive data in a nomination assertion is an offence.

Penalties of $9,000 and potential lack of licence apply in every case for a person, whereas a enterprise could be fined $18,000 in every case. 

Victoria (Australia)Melbourne



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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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