Gan­der writ­ing off 30-year pe­riod of out­stand­ing fines

Pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures taken to avoid re­peat

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@tc.tc

“It’s a newer com­po­nent, so that’s why we’ve only writ­ten off fines so far as 2007, in hopes that the more re­cent ones there’s still a chance that they’ll get in­cluded.”

Deputy Mayor Cyril Ab­bott

A tidy sum is be­ing scratched from the Town of Gan­der’s books.

See­ing no hope in col­lect­ing on 30 years of out­stand­ing fines, a mo­tion was passed at the March 21 meet­ing of coun­cil to write off all out­stand­ing fines from 1987 to 2007.

Dur­ing the 30-year pe­riod 733 fines were is­sued but were never paid. In to­tal, it added up to $104,326.50.

Deputy Mayor Cyril Ab­bott said all of the out­stand­ing fines were is­sued through Mu­nic­i­pal En­force­ment, un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act, which falls un­der pro­vin­cial ju­ris­dic­tion.

“We had no con­trol over these fines, we have no mech­a­nism for chas­ing the money un­til the prov­ince does its thing first,” he said. “So when we got to go through the process, peo­ple had passed or moved, it just looked like there was no way to col­lect this out­stand­ing fines sen­si­bly.”

The town con­sid­ered avail­ing of a third party col­lec­tion agency, how­ever, Ab­bott said deal­ing with fines on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis would not be worth the agency’s ef­fort be­cause the amount would be so small.

Mea­sures in place

Ab­bott cau­tions those who might think it’s per­fectly ac­cept­able to leave tick­ets un­paid in the hopes it will even­tu­ally writ­ten off.

He’s been in­formed that once Mu­nic­i­pal En­force­ment is­sues a ticket un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act, which goes to the prov­ince for col­lec­tion, it be­comes at­tached to the of­fender’s li­cense.

“So now, if the ticket re­mains un­paid, if a per­son goes to re­new their regis­tra­tion or li­cense, it’s on file,” he said. “It’s a newer com­po­nent, so that’s why we’ve only writ­ten off fines so far as 2007, in hopes that the more re­cent ones there’s still a chance that they’ll get in­cluded.”

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