Mike Stevens | Sep 26, 2011

Victoria's Police Association secretary Greg Davies says police officers will use their own discretion in issuing on-the-spot traffic fines, in bans set to begin this week.

The announcement comes as the state's police force continues its industrial action against Victoria's Coalition government. The Police Association is seeking a 4.5 percent pay increase.

Mr Davies said that 7585 of the 7651 officers who voted in the Police Association ballot over the past week supported banning penalty notices for minor traffic offences.

The bans, to begin at 7:00am on Friday, will also include a ban on officers performing their duties alone, along with a ban on unpaid overtime and a ban on the execution of money warrants.

The measures have been approved by Fair Work Australia, and a protest march on Parliament House is expected to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Police Minister Peter Ryan said that the action is not expected to impact on police duties during Saturday's AFL Grand Final.

"I don't think it will have any effect," Mr Ryan told ABC radio.

"I've spoken to the acting chief commissioner this morning and he assures me police are ready, willing and able to deal with the needs as they arise.

"We have 200 officers in the operational response unit, together with the many thousands of officers who do their great work for Victorians. We don't believe there will be a problem."

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