Fines at lowest level in almost a decade

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The amount fines and reparations owed has dropped to the lowest level in almost a decade.

"A combination of falling crime rates leading to fewer fines being imposed, as well as the range of new tools this Government has introduced to chase fines-dodgers have produced a superb result," Courts Minister Chester Borrows said.

The total fines and reparations owed currently sit at $564 million, down from a 2009 peak of $806m, he said.

Coordination between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development had made it easier to track down those not paying, and had brought in more than $80m of hard-to-reach fines in the past year. Cooperation with credit reporting agencies had brought in a further $16.7m, he said.

"These two initiatives allow the Ministry to find people who may not have been aware that they owed fines or who have been completely resistant to paying, and recover money we otherwise might never have brought in," Mr Burrows said.

From November 2013 the Ministry gains another tool in their arsenal, with the ability to suspend drivers' licences if a person has unpaid traffic-related fines or reparation.


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