Everything To Know About Your Ignition Interlock Device

Guardian Interlock specialises in ignition interlock devices, which can be installed in most cars, motorcycles and trucks. Ignition interlock devices are generally installed for drink driving offenders, although there are private interlock systems for personal or commercial use. The aim of installing breathalysers for car ignition is to keep both the driver and others safe on the roads, ensuring the car cannot start unless a successful reading is received by the interlock device. 

You may have some general questions surrounding your ignition interlock device, about the process of breathalysers for car ignition or the process of installing, servicing and removing your interlock device. Here is some information to answer some questions you may have:

Ignition interlock devices for mandatory programs and private systems

Guardian Interlock provides devices for mandatory state alcohol interlock programs in New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. The conditions of how the Interlock Device operates in the interlock program depends on the state, with the data logs from a participant on an offender program overviewed by state-specific transport authorities to ensure that they are complying with the program conditions. Ignition interlock devices are generally fitted in these circumstances where the user has been convicted of a drink driving offence and will have to use the device for a specific time period. 

Private interlock systems are available for private or commercial use and may be fitted for a variety of reasons, such as for safety at work or personal reasons. At Guardian, we provide voluntary interlock device installations, servicing and removal of interlock devices to users in metropolitan and regional areas nationwide through our number of approved service centres. Qualified professionals at our approved service centres carry out these tasks to ensure your device is installed, serviced and removed seamlessly. 

Our friendly team at Guardian can help you understand the costs and payment options involved with voluntary interlock devices. Data for Private clients are not sent to authorities.

How do ignition interlock devices work? 

Once the interlock device is fitted to your car by an expert at one of our approved service centres, the breathalyser for car ignition will be active. The interlock device requires a breath test for your vehicle to start, if the breath test reads a result that exceeds the pre-determined alcohol level the driver will not be able to start the vehicle. The user will have the opportunity to complete another breath test after a set amount of time has elapsed since the previous attempt. The information regarding the locked ignition is recorded which is transmitted to the Traffic Authority who will make a determination regarding your program. The ignition interlock device will also prompt the user for random breath tests throughout their journey. 

At Guardian Interlock, we are here to help keep your loved ones safe. Our devices are manufactured and certified to ensure both the driver and others are safe on the roads.

The process of removing your interlock device 

 If you are on a state interlock program, Guardian Interlock has a large number of service centres Australia wide where we can assist you with removing your interlock device once your alcohol interlock program has been completed, or you decide to stop using the device. If you choose to remove your ignition interlock device before the completion of your program, there may be fees that apply, you should contact the Traffic Authority prior to removing it to understand what impact it will have on your program and licence. If you are looking to remove your interlock device, visit one of Guardian’s approved service centres near you, and our experts will be able to help you with the device removal process. The device can only be removed by an Authorised Guardian Service Centre otherwise it is tampering which may have severe consequences imposed by the Traffic Authority. These restrictions do not apply to private or commercial interlocks.

Choose Guardian Interlock for your ignition interlock device! 

At Guardian Interlock, we understand you have options for ignition interlock providers. Guardian Interlock is an Australian independent, family-owned company that has provided alcohol ignition interlock services for people on offender programs and to safety-conscious individuals, private companies, and state authorities for over twenty years, preventing the operation of vehicles by impaired drivers.

Guardian Interlock provides alcohol interlocks for private and commercial customers who voluntarily install a Guardian alcohol interlock. These customers range from businesses enhancing their road safety posture to private individuals who believe they may be susceptible to problematic drinking and driving.

Guardian offers flexible payment options for private interlocks including outright purchase, rent to buy or lease to ensure the alcohol installation cost is accessible to all. Feel free to contact our friendly Guardian team for personalised quotes on private and commercial interlock device costs. Whether for offender programs or private/commercial use, the best way to keep costs down is to follow instructions in order to avoid additional servicing costs.

Guardian understands your need for a vehicle, whether for work, commuting, family, or other responsibilities. We’re dedicated to assisting clients to remain compliant and on the road. That is why our customer care representatives are available to take your calls 8.30 am-5:00 pm Monday to Friday. We also have an assistance line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in an emergency. Please bear in mind that during COVID-19, the number of enquiries has increased so delays may be experienced.

Guardian Interlock is one of Australia’s most reputable interlock suppliers, with locations in every state in Australia. Therefore, you can be confident that your Guardian approved service centre is qualified for interlock device installation, servicing and removing interlock devices, and our devices comply with your state’s regulations. Email admin@guardianinterlock.com.au or call 1300 881 005 today to get started with your alcohol interlock program.

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