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Court Services Proposes New Approach To Ensure Fines Are Paid

Fines for illegal parking could be abolished under new proposals by the Courts Service.

The Courts Service says the Fines Act is not working as intended and is putting forward plans for an overhaul of the system, which would see fines for motoring offences and other crimes collected in the way civil debts are, by sheriffs entering homes and seizing property.
It's also suggested that the non-payment of TV licences should be tackled by adding a fine onto a person's local property tax.

According to the Irish Times drivers with unpaid fines for motoring offences would also be unable to re-tax or sell their vehicle until they settle their bill.
The courts service has requested a meeting with the Department of Justice group that is reviewing the Fines Act, which is scheduled for mid-January.

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