Licence threat forces drivers to pay up

Last updated 05:00 01/08/2014

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The threat of losing their driver's licence has jolted southerners into paying overdue fines.

Since driver licence stop orders were introduced in February, 183 people have come forward to arrange fine payment at the Invercargill District Court.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows said about 25,000 drivers nationally who owed driving-related fines and reparation of more than $2000 were targeted through an advertising campaign.

The campaign was directed at those who had ignored repeated reminders to pay up.

Of that group, 10,800 had contacted the ministry in the past three months to pay a total of $4.6 million, he said.

Borrows' figures show 183 people in Invercargill had contacted the ministry, as well as 231 in Dunedin and two in Gore.

The Invercargill District Court has collected $103,848.84 in fines from that group between February and June.

The figures also show the highest outstanding fine in the Invercargill District Court for traffic-related offences is $10,205.60.

Borrows was impressed with the number of people fronting up in the south.

"It clearly shows that people in Otago and Southland are getting the message that they can't ignore their traffic fines and hope they go away."

Since the tool was introduced, the ministry had served one driver licence stop order, which was lifted quickly after the person arranged to pay, Borrows said.

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- The Southland Times

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