POLICE FINES TO GO DIGITAL
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced police in the Oxley Local Area Command will soon be able to issue electronic infringement notices (EIN) under changes to be introduced to NSW Parliament, freeing up officers to spend more time on the frontline.
Mr Anderson said the change to legislation will allow frontline police to issue fines via email and mobile text message.
“In a successful trial where officers gave offenders the option to receive fines by email or text we saw the process of issuing and receiving fines easier for both police and offenders.
“During the trial officers were able to issue an infringement without having to return to the station which meant they spent more time out on the beat, where we need them most.
“In regional areas our police often have to travel long distances to get back to the station just to complete paperwork so this new method would cut down on a lot of that time.
“This new process will make issuing infringements more efficient and will allow those who receive fines to pay them more quickly.
“It’s important people know that receiving your fine electronically is completely optional under these reforms and you can still receive a paper-based fine if you wish.”
Anyone who provides a false email address or mobile number or fails to pay the fine by the due date will be followed up by the Office of State Revenue.