Fine dodgers pay tens of thousands to Waitaki electorate courts

Waitaki news
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says one year on it’s clear the threat of taking away people’s ability to drive is proving an effective enforcement tool for overdue fines.

“Driver Licence Stop Orders (DLSOs) were introduced in February 2014, and within a year people have returned a total of $112,660 and 24 cents through the Oamaru District Court in overdue fines rather than face the alternative – losing their driver licence. In Central $58,191.26 has been paid while at Timaru, their district court which includes a good part of the Waitaki electorate has collected $214,265.84.

“This is money the Government collects to be invested back into services for hard-working New Zealanders,"Mrs Dean said.

“Nationally, $20.4 million has been paid 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 our message is clear – pay what you owe,”

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.