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Canberra gets new fine payment system

By Barcham - 24 May 2013 77

From tomorrow Canberrans struggling to pay their traffic fines should find repayments a little easier to make, and their license easier to hold onto thanks to a new scheme from the ACT Greens.

“The new scheme is designed to be fairer, take account of the circumstances of Canberrans who are struggling, and improve social justice outcomes in Canberra,” said Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.

“The old traffic fine system provided very limited payment options and was too inflexible, resulting in some harsh and unjust outcomes for Canberra’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

“Failure to pay a traffic fine in time meant a person’s licence was automatically suspended, even if the original offence was minor, such as a parking fine.

“For people who are on a low income or suffering from other disadvantage, the spiraling impacts of that suspension could be devastating. Disadvantaged and vulnerable people often rely on their drivers licence to access employment, income, support, and housing.

“The new system, set up through the Greens’ legislation, ensures the traffic fine system is fair and flexible by establishing:
— Options to pay fines through instalments;
— A system of community work and social development programs, which people on low income or with special circumstances can undertake in lieu of payments;
— Options to waive fines in special circumstances, and;
— Opportunities to provisionally reinstate a person’s licence when they are participating in a payment plan (only for licenses suspended for late fines).

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Canberra gets new fine payment system
astrojax 2:41 pm 24 May 13

we should also introduce the system one of the scandanavian (of course – but i forget which one; sweden, i think) countries has, which is to link fines applicable to traffic offences with the income of the offender – thus a lower socioeconomic member of the community might get a ticket for say fifty dollars for a given offence while rollersk8r’s beemer owner may get pinged thousands for the same infringement… like sam says, you know it makes sense.

Grimm 2:22 pm 24 May 13

Ah, more class warfare from the watermelon party. What a surprise.

So if you are poor, you can drive like a retard and park wherever you like and just pay the fines whenever you get around to it. Earn a living and contribute to society, you must pay on time or lose your license.

dungfungus 2:10 pm 24 May 13

Capitalise the speed cameras.
Socialise the fines they create.
The ratepayers giveth, the law breakers taketh.
This policy should have been part of Labor’s 2012 election policy then again it may have cost them government.
Next thing a custodial sentence will be optional.

howeph 2:09 pm 24 May 13

Rollersk8r said :

howeph said :

So the corollary is “If you can pay the fine; do what ever the hell you like”?

At the other end of the spectrum, high income, the answer is definitely yes. …

Are you serious – my sarcasm meter sometimes goes on the blink when reading Internet forum comments?

Do you honestly think that it is OK that a $100 dollar fine, that would be an inconvenience to a rich person; but mean a poor family, living hand to mouth, should have to struggle to put food on the table or loose their license?

You acknowledged that it’s not fair, but still think nothing should be changed?

Are you crazy? Do the words empathy and compassion mean nothing to you?

IrishPete 2:02 pm 24 May 13

Rollersk8r said :

howeph said :

Reprobate said :

Rollersk8r said :

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

+1. If you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime.

So the corollary is “If you can pay the fine; do what ever the hell you like”?

At the other end of the spectrum, high income, the answer is definitely yes. Yes black BMW X6 parked illegally on Bunda Street every single day – I’m talking about you.

or the Aston Martin that is a frequent Flyer in the Monday Parking Blues…

IP

peitab 1:47 pm 24 May 13

I love how the government has coughed up funding to make it easier for people to pay traffic fines, presumably including parking fines, but hasn’t been able to find money yet to install infrastructure that would make it easier for people to avoid parking fines in the first place (namely parking machines that accept something more than coins).

Rollersk8r 1:41 pm 24 May 13

howeph said :

Reprobate said :

Rollersk8r said :

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

+1. If you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime.

So the corollary is “If you can pay the fine; do what ever the hell you like”?

At the other end of the spectrum, high income, the answer is definitely yes. Yes black BMW X6 parked illegally on Bunda Street every single day – I’m talking about you.

Primal 1:38 pm 24 May 13

howeph said :

So the corollary is “If you can pay the fine; do what ever the hell you like”?

Well that is basically how fines work…

Rollersk8r 1:33 pm 24 May 13

astrojax said :

Rollersk8r said :

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

yes, but what of those situations where you have every intention to return to the vehicle before time expired but were unavoidably waylaid, right at a time of other financial stress..? this seems a just and proper response to the realities of the lives of our fellow citizens.

the vagaries of life are uncertain; maybe one day, it will be you?

Well if I was financially stressed I’d be extra careful to avoid any kind of fine. Actually, no I wouldn’t, I’d be just as aware of parking within the rules as I always am. Think I have had one parking fine ever.
Drawing a slightly long bow perhaps – but it almost says people with limited income are forced to break the law more often, no?

Ok, on hand I can see it probably doesn’t make sense to lose your licence over parking fines, but then again parking is a responsibility that goes along with owning a car…

tim_c 1:31 pm 24 May 13

The ACT Government continues to ‘drive’ home the message that a driver’s licence is a right, not a privilege.

howeph 1:12 pm 24 May 13

Reprobate said :

Rollersk8r said :

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

+1. If you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime.

So the corollary is “If you can pay the fine; do what ever the hell you like”?

Reprobate 12:10 pm 24 May 13

Rollersk8r said :

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

+1. If you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime. Be responsible for your own actions and think about the effect of your decisions on others.

Ben_Dover 12:05 pm 24 May 13

Soon the greens will be letting ” Canberrans who are struggling” pay fines with leaves or good thoughts about unicorns and rainbows.

Seriously, can we vote these nicompoops out. Oh, hang about, we did…

I scored 23 “buzzword bingo” points from that release BTW.

astrojax 11:20 am 24 May 13

Rollersk8r said :

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

yes, but what of those situations where you have every intention to return to the vehicle before time expired but were unavoidably waylaid, right at a time of other financial stress..? this seems a just and proper response to the realities of the lives of our fellow citizens.

the vagaries of life are uncertain; maybe one day, it will be you?

Rollersk8r 11:09 am 24 May 13

I can’t help it – this absolutely sends the wrong message. It’s not that hard – if you can’t pay the fines then drive properly in the first place.

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