Fines costing licenses
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