Another Fine Mess
Fast fines scheme 'a failure' as 15,000 go unpaid - Scotsman.com News
Statistics given to Ms Mitchell by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill showed penalties worth £3.7 million were imposed by prosecutors last year as an alternative to court action. Of this total, £1.3m had been collected, £1.2m was being paid in agreed instalments and the other £1.2m was in arrears.
No payments at all had been made in 14,741 fines, or 41 per cent of the total, while a further 4,769, or 13 per cent, were in arrears. More than 57,000 warning letters had been sent out. Ms Mitchell said: "These figures are an absolute disgrace. It is surely bad enough that 54 per cent of fiscal fines, or 19,510, remain either unpaid or only partly paid, but the real revelation is the shambolic administration of these fines."
The breakdown of Law and Order. The system is being laughed at; I'm sure nice middle class people pay up but everyone else is just sticking two fingers up at a fine obsessed system. Fewer laws properly applied is what is needed.