Bligh hits back at unpaid fines

WITH around 650 parking fines issued in Bundaberg every month, residents should be aware of the Bligh Government’s latest crackdown.

Fine dodging corporate organisations will be targeted as part of the next stage of a attack on fine evaders.

Premier Anna Bligh said the new laws, to be introduced into Parliament later this year, will target corporations with unpaid fines.

“The new laws will authorise the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) to commence winding up action against corporations who have unpaid fine debt,” she said.

“I can’t think of a single reason why big business should be able to get away with this when ordinary people are being asked to do the right thing. These new laws will give SPER officers a powerful new weapon. If a corporation doesn’t pay their fines they will be wound up and efforts will be made to recover the value of the fines during that process.”

From January 1, SPER enforcement officers were granted powers to clamp the wheels of vehicles and to seize property of serial fine dodgers who ignore their responsibilities

“We need to make it clear that no one is above the law and if you fail to pay your fines there will be consequences,” Ms Bligh said.

Fines which are referred to SPER can be paid with installment plans and tailored to different circumstances.



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