Does anyone know how this works? Is it even worth it? I got hit with a fine and 3 demerit points for less than 50m in an emergency lane. I went in there to avoid the numbnuts who stopped dead while merging. Once past them I merged back into the traffic. Then the bike cop pulled up next to me (yes in the emergency lane :roll: ) and fined me. I told him I did it to get around the cars. I didn't say anything once he said I was going to be fined (a few cars driving by yelled abuse at him though). The law says "A driver must not drive in the emergency stopping lane unless - (a) the driver needs to drive in the emergency stopping lane to avoid a collision, ...." I did enter the lane to avoid a collision. The key word is "needs". I probably could have hit the brakes, but given the small amount of time you have to make such decisions I chose the lane. Realistically I'm annoyed at the harshness of the fine, given the reason I was in the lane. It wasn't like I was travelling for km's or even 100m. But what it really comes down to is whether or not it's even worth bothering. I mean if I have to go to court and all that, it's bound to cost more and I don't know what the chances of getting off are. Are you typically expected to have a witness? Or do they typically accept your explanation if it shows you were actually acting within the law? I also don't need to worry about the demerit points either. I haven't gotten any in probably 6 years. But then I haven't been in Melbourne that long either. I'm pretty sure it isn't worth pursuing in my case, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth and a hole in my pocket.