Glovebox full of fines? Prepare for a crackdown
THAT speeding fine you've ignored? Prepare for a debt collection agent in your future.
The government has introduced legislation to reform the State Penalties Enforcement Register as the current system can no longer handle the number of fines, or the "complexity" of the outstanding debt.
The increase in the number of tolled roads across the state and additional speed cameras is partly to blame for the larger volume of fines, which in turn has led to the need to reform how outstanding monies is collected.
Last year, the treasurer wrote off $100 million in outstanding fines. The government was chasing a further $774 million from 2.8 million individual debts. If left unchecked, fine dodgers will have outrun the government to the tune of $1 billion by 2016-17.
"Most people who get a fine and do the right thing and pay it when it's due but there are 1700 debtors who have a single debt of more than $5000 and 25 debtors who have 20 or more debts adding up to more than $5000 in total," Mr Nicholls said in a statement.
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