Sunshine Coast residents owe more than $14 million in unpaid infringement notices and court ordered fines.
Recently released State Penalty and Enforcement Registry (SPER) figures show the debts have accumulated from courts at Caloundra, Landsborough, Maroochydore and Noosa totalling $14,211,162.43.
Caloundra MP Mark McArdle said at 31 December 2012 SPER had collected $118.6 million in debt for the financial year but there was still a long way to go.
‘’It’s important that everyone takes responsibility and we work towards clearing these debts,’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘’Residents must be aware that there is no statute of limitation on the age of a fine.
‘’SPER has a responsibility to collect and enforce a fine irrespective of the age.’’
Mr McArdle said Caloundra residents had notched up more than $1.9 million in unpaid fines.
‘’This is extremely disappointing. Importantly fines must be paid,’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘’SPER offers a wide range of options to assist those in this regard, such as instalment plans.
‘’Should residents however refuse to comply with SPER it can lead to suspension of their licence, garnishing of bank accounts or arrest and imprisonment.’’
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the State Government is aware people and businesses make honest mistakes and support is readily available for people who want to comply.
‘’The State Government is committed to recouping funds. We’re trialling the use of mercantile agents or debt collectors,’’ Mr Nicholls said.
‘’This is about making sure that everyone pays their fair share so that no-one has to pay more than their share.
‘’If money is owed, offenders and evaders can be assured it will be recovered.’’
SPER Court Debts by Location and Type
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