Licences could go over fines

Last updated 07:16 28/02/2014

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Twenty-six people in Marlborough are at risk of having their driver's licence confiscated because of unpaid fines.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows said the 26 people owed a combined $99,000, made up of 334 outstanding traffic fines.

As at January 31, 975 people in the Blenheim area owed $568,000 in traffic fines, just over half it overdue, Mr Borrows said.

The ministry introduced Driver Licence Stop Orders on February 17. These could be imposed on anybody who failed to pay a traffic-related fine imposed by a court, police, or local government authority. The orders could also be issued to those who had not paid court-ordered reparation for victims of a traffic-related offence.

People owing large amounts in fines would receive 14 days' notice to either pay fines, or set up a payment plan, followed by a second reminder.

If they still did not pay the fines, a bailiff would seize their licence until the fine was paid in full or payment arrangements had been set up. 

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- The Marlborough Express


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