More than $284,000 collected from fine dodgers in Eastern Bay of Plenty

Whakatane news
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley says one year on the clear the threat of taking away people’s ability to drive is an extremely effective enforcement tool for overdue fines.

“Driver Licence Stop Orders (DLSOs) were introduced in February 2014, and within a year people have returned $284,576 in overdue fines at Opotiki and Whakatane District Courts rather than face the alternative – losing their driver licence,” Mrs Tolley said. 

“We are investing this money back into services for hard-working New Zealanders.

“Nationally, $20.4 million has been paid back to the taxpayer – much higher than the $7 million forecast.  Nearly 19,500 people who weren't paying their fines have now either done so, or are doing so.

“This is taxpayer money and National’s message is clear – pay what you owe or face the consequences,” Mrs Tolley said. 

DLSOs can be placed on anyone who fails to pay traffic-related fines imposed by a Court, Police, or local government authority – or reparations imposed by a Court for traffic-related offences.

Notes:

DLSOs are initiated with a warning letter giving people 14 days’ notice to pay their fine, or set up a payment plan. Those notified will receive one more reminder, and if they ignore it, a bailiff will be sent to seize their driver licence. Licences will remain suspended until the fine is paid in full, or payment arrangements are in place. 

People who have their licence suspended due to unpaid fines or reparation will not be able to apply for a limited licence.