A Billion Dollar Problem: OAPSB Releases White Paper on Unpaid Fines

Better coordination, incentives, and stronger penalties among recommendations

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.

QUOTES

"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 fines."

—Alok Mukherjee, President of the OAPSB

QUICK FACTS

  • 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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