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Courts clamp down on unpaid fines

Published: 5 Jun 2014 07:300 comments

A GALASHIELS woman has seen her car clamped for a second time after failing to pay road traffic fines.

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The woman, who cannot be named for data protection reasons, has wound up paying both her original fines and the additional clamping costs twice.

Last autumn her Mitsubishi Shogun was clamped after she failed to pay parking tickets.

The woman again neglected to pay new fines for failing to display a tax disc, and for the same illegal parking she committed previously. Once more, she ignored warnings from the Scottish Court Service (SCS).

During the past three months, six cars have been clamped in the Lothian and Borders area with owners required to pay original fines in addition to clamping costs to reclaim their vehicles.

A report released this week shows that fines collection rates remain strong with 87 per cent of the value of sheriff court fines imposed between April, 2010 and March, 2013, either being paid or on track to be paid through instalments.

For those who can pay but choose not to, there is a range of enforcement powers in place to ensure payment including deducting money directly from wages, savings or benefits. Defaulters can also face arrest at air and ferry ports.

All offenders are issued warnings and given the chance to engage with enforcement officers before action is taken.

Chief Operations Officer Cliff Binning warns: “If you have an outstanding fine in the Galashiels area, we urge you to catch up with your payments now. If you don’t, you could be the next person to see your car clamped.

“If you are in genuine financial difficulty you can contact a member of the fines enforcement team to discuss your payment terms.”

Most fines can be paid online at www.scotcourts.gov.uk/payyourfine

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