Presenter Doug Constable About Should You Pay Fines Even If They’re Not Yours?

I had a friend come around the other day to fix his car which had broken down on a previous visit and so had to leave it at my place. He was catching the bus to come and get it going when his wife rang him and said that the sheriff had turned up. He had come calling in relation to some parking fines on cars that were in his name, but which his employees were driving.

Now normally those fines would be transferred to that driver, but as a period of time had gone past and he had moved addresses, that didn’t happen. So my friend now found himself liable for some $30,000 worth of fines, and they needed to be handled. The sheriff’s department was very good and gave him seven days to sort it out. Now, what he had to do was get a solicitor to go along to the civic compliance (or do it himself) and arrange to have the fines transferred.

Now often what happens when you try to transfer to the original driver, and some considerable time has passed, civic compliance will reject that request. If that happens then you can apply to the magistrate’s court, if it is within 45 days, to have the matter heard. Here you have the extra advantage of actually speaking to a magistrate, either yourself or with the help of a solicitor, and perhaps get your fines reduced or, at the very least, transferred to the correct driver. Well worth doing.

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