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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 3152..


Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

In relation to outstanding fines owed by ACT residents, the action taken when they do not pay an outstanding traffic infringement is to suspend the person's vehicle registration or driver licence. This is generally a very effective sanction and results in a high rate of prompt payment of traffic infringements.

In relation to outstanding fines owed by non-ACT residents, the merit of entering into bilateral arrangements with other jurisdictions, particularly NSW and Victoria, has been considered. TAMS has written to the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority to ascertain whether it would be willing to participate in a cross-border scheme to enforce traffic fines. However, the response received advised that NSW would be pursuing cross-border infringement penalty recovery through jurisdictional forums, rather than entering a bilateral agreement.

The issue of using debt collection agencies for outstanding amounts is being considered by an Inter-departmental committee on debt recovery, being led by ACT Treasury.

The value of outstanding traffic infringements notices (that is, unpaid and overdue) at the end of February 2009 is $17.3m.

ACT Policing—vehicles

(Question No 153)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 2 April 2009:

(1) How many vehicles are currently operated by ACT Policing, and how many of each type of vehicle are operated.

(2) How many of these vehicles are solely for the operational purposes of ACT Policing.

(3) What is the total operating cost of the ACT Policing vehicle fleet, and what proportion of the total operating cost consists of (a) maintenance, (b) fuel, (c) registration, and (d) insurance.

(4) What is the average cost of fitting new ACT Policing vehicles, and what equipment is required to fit new vehicles to an operational standard.

(5) How many new vehicles were purchased by ACT Policing in the 2008-09 financial year, and what was the cost.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Policing currently operates 211 vehicles.

  • Passenger

184

  • Bikes

21

  • Trucks & Bus

6


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