Not so fine for taxpayers

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The State Government lists these 191 Ellenbrook residents as target offenders, which means each owe $2000 or more in fines or infringements.

Most of the Government debt is from unpaid court fines and traffic infringements such as speeding and drink driving offences.

Local fine and infringement defaulters now face wheel clamping, licence plate removal or have property seized if they do not pay their debt.

Attorney General Michael Mischin said Ellenbrook would be part of a trial program to text message fine defaulters in a bid to recoup millions of dollars owed to the Government.

Albany, which has 195 target offenders with $468,000 in outstanding debt, will also form part of the trial.

The SMS, which is scheduled to be sent on May 1, will advise the defaulters to contact the Fines Enforcement Registry as soon as possible to arrange payment of their outstanding fines and infringements in full or to enter into a time-to-pay arrangement.

‘Texting is a very quick and cost-effective way to let fine and infringement defaulters know they need to make payment or tougher measures may be used to ensure the money owed to West Australians is recouped,’ Mr Mischin said.

‘If this SMS pilot proves successful, texting will become another way we can communicate with fine defaulters across the State to motivate them to do the right thing and pay off their outstanding debts.’

In the past six months, the Fines Enforcement Registry has applied more than 300 wheel clamps, removed more than 250 number plates and arranged for more than 1800 targeted defaulters to pay their debt by instalments.

The top 100 debtors in WA are listed on paymyfines.wa.gov.au and include a debt of more that $250,000. While no Ellenbrook debtors have reached the top 100 list, two businesses and a resident from Bullsbrook are listed in the top 100.