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Clampers squeeze Scottish fines dodgers

A new electronic interface between the Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service and the DVLA vehicle database has improved the ability to track down drivers with unpaid fines.

Clamping vehicles is one of a number of measures available to the SCTS for recovering unpaid fines. Other measures include freezing bank accounts, arresting wages, taking money directly from benefits and even arresting non-payers when they are travelling through ports and airports for business or holiday trips. Vehicles are ultimately scrapped or sold if fines remain unpaid.

A report published by the SCTS indicated that the fines collection rate remains consistently strong. It showed that 84% of the value of Sheriff Court fines imposed between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2017 has either been paid or is on track to be paid through instalments. Of Sheriff Court fines imposed from 1 April to 30 June 2017, 86% by value had been paid or were on track to be paid by instalments.

“The fines enforcement teams continue to be highly effective in securing unpaid fines – ignoring your fine is very unwise,” SCTS Chief Operations Officer David Fraser said. “Failure to pay, or to engage with our officers, will result in strong sanctions being taken including arrestment of wages, bank accounts, your car being clamped or the inconvenience and embarrassment of being arrested when travelling abroad.”

All defaulters are issued warnings before action is taken. Those in genuine financial difficulty can engage with enforcement officers to discuss payment terms.
Date posted: 25th, January, 2018