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Paying off traffic fines?

By allofus 3 July 2010 68

Why is it that every state in Australia has the same rule that if you have lost your license due to traffic fine defaults you can apply to make regular payments and you can have it back.

NSW for eg, if you have say $2000 owing in fines and you had lost your licence due to not having the money to pay these fines straight away, you can make a payment arrangement even if its only $5 per fortnight, so long as you stick to these payment arrangements after the 6th payment they will re-issue you with a licence so long as you stick to the arrangement and continue to make regular payments ( you miss one and you lose the chance and never get the same offer)

ACT how ever, if you have fines outstanding you MUST pay every cent of them before they will even think of giving it back to you. ?????

WHY cant Canberra be the same as the rest of Australia ?

I personally have lost my license for fine default due to my stupid behavior in my early teens, i had been charged for burn outs, speeding etc i had a total of $2500 in fines and paid almost all of it off, i had $5 owing still so naturally asumed that i’d drive to the local shop front, pay my $5 and drive home legit.

How ever, unfortunately i had gotten 5 doors down the road and was pulled over by a police officer that recognised me and pulled me over, i was charged for no licence, disqualifed driver, turned out my car (that i had just brought) had fraud rego, so thats another charge, no rego, no third party and he also defected my car on account of a blinker light that was not working on my front guard.

I explained my story to the officer and stated that it had taken me almost 5 months to pay the last 2500k and tried to reason with him, how ever he doing his job i failed at this attempt.

due to the anger and my rebellous teens i refused to make more payments and drove my self to and from work with out a licence.

Naturally i was pulled over for RBTs etc and i would get another fine for driving unlicenced, Note i have never been stupid enough to drink drive, never been in a car accident, never been in a chase, always co-operated with the law

its now 11 years later and i am up to a shameful $16,000 in fines.

I am not able to get a loan to pay this amount and the only option i have is to make payments when and of what ever amount i can to the ACT shopfront. In doing this i estimate at least 3 years before i can pay it off completely.

I am now 29 and regret the stupid things i had done in the past but its a fact of too little too late.

I am a single father of 4 and finding it extreamly hard to manage with out being able to have access to a car.

Oh and i am unable to get a work license UNLESS i have been charged for driving under the influence … why do drink drivers get the chance to get their right to drive back but that dosen’t stand for the rest of us?

What other options are there ? Who can i talk to? there has to be another way to get this sorted out?

I know alot of readers out there are saying “its your own fault, you should have paid your fines, you shouldn’t have done the wrong thing” i agree, i was young and naive and no had no one to tell me otherwise.

I accept responsibilty for the things i have done wrong, i am willing to pay these fines, but why cant i have a payment arrangement just like every other state in Australia?

Does the Government not realise how many people would come forward and happily pay off there fines if there was a payment scheme in ACT like this ??

Remember, i personally owe $16000.00 imagine if every unlicenced person in ACT went on this plan, no longer would there be so many unlicence drivers on the road but it would put a hell of a lot more money back into the ACT Government.

Signed

Confused and Frustrated,

What’s Your opinion?


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MartyMcFly 12:22 pm 16 Jul 10

allofus said :

Ok.

1st I never once said i wanted sympathy!
2nd I never said im an Angel!
3rd I never said i wanted its to all just go away because i am 30!
4th I have sold my car, and not owned one for the past 3 years!
5th I have not driven a car in any way for the past 3 and a half years!

I do catch the bus, if the weather is warm enough i even use my push bike!

I DO agree that my action have been stupid i never suggested that i shouldn’t have been punished. My fines have been mostly driving with out a license repetitively (most the time only driving to work) yes i know i should have not driven i never said it was the correct thing to do!

I most certainly do not do drugs see prostitutes gamble drink or even SMOKE so who ever that was can go to hell!

All i wanted from this post was to see if there could be a payment scheme put into place!

where if one has fines that is having trouble paying that they can enter into a payment arrangement to pay them off, while one is paying these fines in regular payments one can have there license back, even if one had to sign a contract to state that one would serve time in prison if said arrangement was broken.

Oh and ps, you can not serve time for unpaid fines in the act i have also looked into this!

When you have children, you have unexpected things happen, such as injuries that need to be seen by a doc, having to run to the shop to get milk or bread for the next day for school, school things like plays etc football events etc that you cant always rely on public transport to get you there and even if you can it would take at least an hour to get you and all the kids to the local shops!.

I don’t want your sympathy, i just want a way to be able to pay off my fines and drive legally.

And i will get a loan to pay these fines once i have cleaned up my credit rating.

i turned to this site as there are many knowledgeable people on here who i though may have some good advice, but no, every one has there heads up there own arse’s and all they can say is i am drug user, scum bag because i have made a lot of stupid decisions.
sorry you people have never done anything wrong in your life’s !

I thank those who have not judged me how ever.

Now if you have any REAL advise that does not include me being a fuck wit id like to hear from you.

I’m on your side dude… its totally unfair that you cant pay the fines off.
From my point of view i personally find the punishment is far too harsh… honestly you’d swear you killed someone… its not like ur names mully……

allofus 12:12 pm 16 Jul 10

Ok.

1st I never once said i wanted sympathy!
2nd I never said im an Angel!
3rd I never said i wanted its to all just go away because i am 30!
4th I have sold my car, and not owned one for the past 3 years!
5th I have not driven a car in any way for the past 3 and a half years!

I do catch the bus, if the weather is warm enough i even use my push bike!

I DO agree that my action have been stupid i never suggested that i shouldn’t have been punished. My fines have been mostly driving with out a license repetitively (most the time only driving to work) yes i know i should have not driven i never said it was the correct thing to do!

I most certainly do not do drugs see prostitutes gamble drink or even SMOKE so who ever that was can go to hell!

All i wanted from this post was to see if there could be a payment scheme put into place!

where if one has fines that is having trouble paying that they can enter into a payment arrangement to pay them off, while one is paying these fines in regular payments one can have there license back, even if one had to sign a contract to state that one would serve time in prison if said arrangement was broken.

Oh and ps, you can not serve time for unpaid fines in the act i have also looked into this!

When you have children, you have unexpected things happen, such as injuries that need to be seen by a doc, having to run to the shop to get milk or bread for the next day for school, school things like plays etc football events etc that you cant always rely on public transport to get you there and even if you can it would take at least an hour to get you and all the kids to the local shops!.

I don’t want your sympathy, i just want a way to be able to pay off my fines and drive legally.

And i will get a loan to pay these fines once i have cleaned up my credit rating.

i turned to this site as there are many knowledgeable people on here who i though may have some good advice, but no, every one has there heads up there own arse’s and all they can say is i am drug user, scum bag because i have made a lot of stupid decisions.
sorry you people have never done anything wrong in your life’s !

I thank those who have not judged me how ever.

Now if you have any REAL advise that does not include me being a fuck wit id like to hear from you.

bobbatty 11:17 pm 09 Jul 10

I’m still a fan. He at least is honest not like the do gooders who think they can be judge and executioners for the crimes of this poor simpleton. Don’t you get it? This guy is a retard and in other times would have been kept locked up doing craft work and making broom broom noises.

This did not happen. $16,000 in unpaid fines and then posts on RA about it? Come on people dust off the bs detectors.

Spideydog 5:22 pm 05 Jul 10

Oscillate Wildly said :

A post from this loser’s FB group:

I persoanly owe the nsw goverment $4,718,00 i
have a “time to pay order” witch means i can have my licence. now
because of last night with the undercover pig i will now get a huge fine
an wont beable two pay it by the bue date an they will suspend my
licence. i agree that ACT should have the same rulse an everyother state
two help people like me an tyson out an all the other people that drive
unlicenced everyday just two make a living an do things with our kids.

*golf clap*

Law enforcement at work. The system is there for people who repent, but bites the ones in the ass who continue to offend (then blame the “undercover pigs” for their actions … lol)

Davo111 5:21 pm 05 Jul 10

P Taker said :

No sympathy.

Please move out of Canberra.

i think… i love you

cashman180 5:04 pm 05 Jul 10

One of two things happened here.
1: You either did the wrong thing about $200.00 times in which case, you probably don’t deserve your licence (or your money).
2: You parked on the Prime Minister’s head and got a SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR!!! fine. Are you insane. I would have stopped parking illegally after about $1,000.00!

I tend to get a fine, swear, suck it up, pay the fine and try harder not to park illegally next time.

P Taker 3:45 pm 05 Jul 10

No sympathy.

Please move out of Canberra.

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