A number of authorities issue fines - eg police, local councils and courts.
When you receive notice of a fine (sometimes called an 'expiation notice') it will normally include these details:
- who has issued the fine
- why it is being issued
- what to do if you disagree with the fine
- the amount payable
- how to pay
- the due date.
Contesting a fine
If you disagree with the fine - eg because you didn't commit the offence - follow the procedures set out in the notice you received.
If you don’t pay by the due date you will receive a reminder notice and a penalty may be added to the amount payable.
If you still don't pay, the matter is passed on to the Fines Unit for follow-up action. At this stage, a further penalty will be added to the amount payable. You will receive a written notice in the post when this happens.
Once a matter has been passed to the Fines Unit you can no longer make a payment to the issuing authority.
Ways to pay - Fines Unit
Request a review of enforcement action
There are a small number of reasons you can ask for enforcement action to be reviewed:
- the fine has already been paid
- the issuing authority didn't receive a document you sent them
- you didn’t receive a legally-required notice
- legal procedures weren't followed.
Fines review process - Fines Unit
Set up a payment plan
If you need to spread your payment over a period of time, you can request a payment arrangement.
'Enforcement' refers to a range of measures that can be applied when overdue fines remain unpaid. They include:
- removing your ability to sell a vehicle, renew your driver's licence or renew vehicle registration
- suspending your driver's licence
- clamping and impounding a vehicle
- taking automatic payments from your salary or bank account
- seizure and sale of property
- forcing the sale of property
- publishing your name and the amount you owe.
Types of enforcement - Fines Unit