Better coordination, incentives, and stronger penalties among
TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Police Services
Boards (OAPSB), the voice of civilian governance of policing in
Ontario, will release a white paper today outlining recommendations to
tackle the billion-dollar—and growing—problem of unpaid Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines.
Noting that approximately one-third of all POA fines are not paid, OAPSB is calling on the provincial government to
ensure better coordination and data-sharing with municipalities,
strengthen enforcement powers, and create payment incentives and
alternative penalties to help get the system back on track.
The white paper was drafted over a period of sixteen months based on
extensive stakeholder consultation.
"Every unpaid fine undermines the justice system, frustrates our law
enforcement officers, and denies local governments much-needed revenue
in challenging economic times. Working with stakeholders we have
developed sensible recommendations to tackle this billion dollar
problem. Action is long overdue and we look forward to working
collaboratively with the government to stop this pattern of unpaid
—Alok Mukherjee, President of the OAPSB
Unpaid POA fines in Ontario already total over a billion dollars, and
the amount is growing significantly every year.
One-third of fine defaults are related to the Highway Traffic Act, while another third is related to the Compulsory Auto Insurance Act.
The vast majority (91%) of fine defaulters are Ontarians.
OAPSB has been actively advocating on this issue since 2009.
NOTE: THE FULL WHITE PAPER WILL BE RELEASED AT WWW.OAPSB.CA AT 1 PM TODAY AND OAPSB PRESIDENT ALOK MUKHERJEE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO
MEDIA FOR COMMENT AT 1 PM AT QUEENS PARK ON THE QUEENS PARK LAWN.
SOURCE Ontario Association of Police Services Boards
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