Almost £240k handed out in fines
COURTS in the north-east dished out more than £230,000 in fines in the last few months, new figures reveal. A report from the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) details fines handed out at courts across the country from June 30 to October 22. For all the courts in the north-east, fines of £239,000 were imposed during this period, £164,000 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, £12,000 at Banff Sheriff Court, £29,000 at Elgin and £34,000 at Peterhead. Of the fines handed out across the four courts, £133,000 has been paid. SCTS chief operations officer David Fraser said: “The fines enforcement teams continue to be highly effective in securing unpaid fines. “Ignoring your fine and not speaking to an enforcement officer if you are having difficulty paying is very unwise. “Failure to pay, or to engage with our officers, will result in strong sanctions being taken, including arrestment of wages, bank accounts, your car being clamped or inconvenience and embarrassment by being arrested when travelling abroad.” Clamping vehicles is one of a number of measures available to the SCTS for recovering unpaid fines. Other measures include freezing bank accounts.