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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1190 ..

(3) Evaluation of the native grasses selected for use on Light Rail Stage 1 were conducted by the National Capital Authority and Canberra Metro prior to the planting of the grasses as part of the project.

Traffic infringement notices—errors(Question No 134)

Mr Cain asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 1 April 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation):

(1) How many speeding fines were issued, in 2020, with an incorrect offence date due to a system error related to the leap year.

(2) What is the total dollar value of these fines.

(3) How many remain unpaid.

(4) Has an assessment been made on the system to see if similar infringement notice errors occurred in 2016; if so, when did this assessment occur.

(5) Did a private sector company develop the system for the ACT Government; if so, has any recourse been sought from the private sector company for the system error.

(6) Does the Government intend to seek any recourse against the private sector company for the system error.

(7) Was legal advice sought regarding the enforceability of the infringement notices with the incorrect dates.

(8) What was the cost of this legal advice.

(9) What total public sector employee hours have been allocated to recovering the unpaid fines issued with incorrect dates.

Ms Cheyne: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) 623 infringement notices.

(2) The total dollar value of these fines is $238,112.

(3) As of 12 April 2021, 85 infringement notices remain unpaid.

(4) No. A different software system was being used in 2016. Similar infringements notice errors did not occur.

(5) Yes, the software system was developed by a private company to support the ACT Government under contract arrangements. Access Canberra wrote to the vendor to ensure the ‘leap year’ system errors were fixed and that a similar situation would not re-occur. All rectification work for the system and its update due to the ‘leap year’ issue was completed at no cost to the Territory.

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