It is interesting that we are attacking the banks and now the telcos over late payment fees when our own local government can be included.
I deservedly incurred a parking fine of $91 and forgot to pay it on time. For my troubles I am hit by an administrative charge of $34. This is over 33% penalty.
The Gov website says:
“If full payment of the penalty, or an application to dispute liability for the infringement, or an application for an extension of time to pay/dispute liability for the infringement is not received within 28 days from the date of service, a reminder notice will be issued for payment of the penalty plus an administrative charge.”
So is this a fair and reasonable charge to cover “administrative costs”? I feel the ACT govt is no better than the banks or telcos.