$434,775.43 collected from fine dodgers in Dunedin

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Michael Woodhouse, National List MP says one year on it’s clear that the threat of taking away people’s ability to drive is a very effective enforcement tool for overdue fines.

“Driver Licence Stop Orders (DLSOs) were introduced in February 2014, and within a year people have returned $434,775.43 in overdue fines at Dunedin District Court rather than face the alternative – losing their driver licence,” Mr Woodhouse said.
 
“This is money the Government collects to be invested back into services for hard-working New Zealanders.

“Nationally, $20.4 million has been paid to the taxpayer – much higher than the $7 million forecast.  Nearly 19,500 people who weren't paying their fines have now either done so, or are doing so.

“This is taxpayer money and National’s message is clear – pay what you owe,” Mr Woodhouse said.

DLSOs can be placed on anyone who fails to pay traffic-related fines imposed by a Court, Police, or local government authority – or reparations imposed by a Court for traffic-related offences.