The State Government will use a vehicle-mounted licence-plate recognition camera to locate infringement evaders who have warrants

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MAJOR debtors in Perth's south eastern suburbs owe the State Government more than half a million dollars in fines, according to the Department of the Attorney General's website.

Residents with unpaid fines will be targetted by a new camera designed to crack down on fine and infringement evaders.

There is $306 million in outstanding fines across WA, including $170 million in court fines and $136 million in infringements.

Last week, Attorney General Michael Mischin said the State Government would use a mobile licence plate recognition camera to scan number plates outside shopping centres, train station car parks and main streets to recover fines. The high-tech, camera unit will be mounted on the top of a Sheriff’s office vehicle.

In August last year, the State Government introduced a number of hardline measures to recoup unpaid fines, including wheel clamping, the removal of vehicle number plates, the seizure of vehicles and property and naming and shaming on the Department of the Attorney General’s website.

Mr Mischin said between August 2013 and August this year, the Fines Enforcement Registry had recovered $97.9 million in unpaid fines ” $14.2 million more than for the same period in the previous year when $83.7 million was collected. He hoped the new camera would assist the Sheriff in detecting vehicles belonging to defaulters who had warrants issued against them for not paying their fines or infringements.