Financial support for paying and resolving fines

August 5, 2020, 9:15:20 PM

Financial support for paying and resolving fines

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Changes to the NSW fines system will support vulnerable people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

From Wednesday 1 July 2020, the NSW Government will introduce a 50% fine reduction for people facing financial hardship.

To be eligible, people must:
1. Be on government benefits at the time of fine issuing
2. Apply for a fine reduction through Revenue NSW before the fine is overdue.

Any penalties including suspension, cancellation, disqualification or loss of demerit points on a driver licence will still apply.
The 50% fine reduction will not apply to:
1. Fines issued by a court (including a penalty that originated as a penalty notice prior being dealt with by a court)
2. Voting-related fines
3. Jury duty relates fines
4. Fines issued to a body corporate.

People who hold a fine will also be able to pay by instalments and request more time for their fine to be reviewed.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said there are many people in NSW doing it tough due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

“These reforms will strike the right balance, ensuring we hold people to account for breaking the rules and endangering our roads, but without placing undue burdens on disadvantaged members of our community,” Mr Speakman said.

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