Rights and responsibilities

Paying fines

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.

Overdue fines

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 activities

'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

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