Fines cost­ing li­censes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN po­lice have charged ten peo­ple in only six days with driv­ing un­li­censed be­cause peo­ple are not pay­ing their fines.

Govern­ment agency State Penal­ties En­force­ment Registry (SPER) en­forces the col­lec­tion of un­paid court fines or in­fringe­ment no­tices, but if peo­ple are strug­gling they can make a pay­ment plan with them.

Moss­man Act­ing Of­fi­cerin-charge Cas­san­dra Hill said peo­ple are un­aware that if they do not pay their fine or or­gan­ise pay­ments with SPER, the Registry has au­thor­ity to sus­pend driv­ing li­cences.

“It can be a crim­i­nal fine or traf­fic fine ei­ther from a ticket or court and if pay­ment is not made or pay­ment plan ar­ranged with SPER then they have the au­thor­ity to sus­pend a per­son’s driver’s li­cence,” she said.

“Even if it is a fine in court for pub­lic nui­sance, they have got to pay their fine or or­gan­ise a pay­ment plan - SPER are very rea­son­able and if you get a fine you can go onto a pay­ment plan and still keep your driver’s li­cence.

“Peo­ple also need to en­sure their res­i­den­tial or postal ad­dress is up-to-date with Queens­land trans­port and keep track of their fines.”

The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple re­cently charged with driv­ing un­li­censed had had their li­cences sus­pended by SPER.

For more in­for­ma­tion on SPER visit the web­site www. jus­tice. qld. gov. au/ jus­tice-ser­vices/sper

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