Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

More staff needed to chase fines

Simon Power
National Party Law & Order Spokesman

28 December 2005

More staff needed to chase fines

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says many offenders are getting away without paying their fines on time, if at all, because the Ministry of Justice does not have enough staff to chase them.

A Justice Department report received under the Official Information Act shows that as at April 2005, the latest period for which figures are available, fines receipts were $3.4 million below target. It also shows that though receipts for the full year are expected to fall in the target range of between $199 million and $216 million, they would be below the midpoint of $207 million.

The Ministry says the lower receipting ‘is due to staff vacancies, primarily in the Contact Centre’. It says its personnel budget was $717,000 under-spent due to ‘continued recruitment difficulties for the Contact Centre, Central Processing Unit, Collect analysis project, and District and National offices’.

Mr Power says it is imperative that staff are hired to ensure fines are paid on time.

“This is an important part of the justice penalty system and must not be allowed to falter.

“We must continue to send a strong message to people that if you are fined then you have to pay. And we cannot do that without having staff to chase these people up.”

Mr Power points to the escalating amount of overdue fines as an example of what can happen if there is any let-up in payment enforcement. In 2004/05 there were $341 million in overdue fines, compared with $320 million in 2003/04 and $186 million when Labour came to power.

“People need to know there are consequences if they don’t pay their fines. If we let this get any further out of control we take the risk that our justice system will become a joke.”

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Case For Nationalising Our Urban Bus Services


When it comes to funding and managing public transport, should local government or central government bear most of the responsibility for delivering a quality service? Ratepayers or taxpayers? Those basic questions re-surfaced yesterday, after the government announced its intention to scrap the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) imposed by the last National government in 2013. That model had required councils to use private contractors to run the buses, via a cut-throat competitive tendering process...
More>>




 
 

School Strike 4 Climate: Intergenerational Climate Strike On September 23rd
Once again School Strike for climate Ōtautahi (Christchurch) is asking all students to unite in a call to all council candidates to #voteclimate. Happening on Friday 23rd of September... More>>

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Government Action Needed To Support Renters’ Human Rights
An immediate freeze on rent increases could give renters some reprieve during the cost-of-living crisis says Te Kahui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission... More>>


Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels