Qld govt to crack down on 27,000 who owe fines, tolls
THE Newman Government is clamping down on almost 27,000 debtors who owe money to the state for a variety of fines including speeding and road tolls.
An enforcement program is considering new options to collect outstanding fines from people who have the financial capacity to pay their fines but choose not to do so.
There are 1,700 debtors who have a single debt of more than $5,000 and 25,000 debtors who have 20 or more debt items equating to more than $5,000 in total.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls told parliament on Tuesday reforms to the State Penalties Enforcement Register will see investigators shift their focus to those with the largest debts.
"If you use a toll road or if you cop a fine, most people say fair enough and pay it," he said.
"I do not think they want to, but at least they will wear it if I can put it that way.
"However, there are others who steadfastly refuse to pay what they owe and that increases the burden on every other Queenslander who does the right thing."
He said the options currently available include the seizure and sale of property, wheel clamping and the potential sale of vehicles to recover unpaid debts.
Other options to be considered on a case-by-case basis include vehicle registration suspension, work and development orders and a wide range of community service.
"We believe these reforms will reduce the outstanding debt and will also send a clear message to the community that enough is enough when it comes to debtors who have the financial capacity to pay their fines but choose not to do so," he said.
"Every dollar that is not collected has to be financed by the people of Queensland.
"That is an additional burden that we think is unacceptable."