The court can take action against people and organisations who don’t pay their fines on time.
If you owe fines and aren’t paying, any of these actions could be taken against you. A fee of $102 can be added when the court takes enforcement action.
The court can take money from you if you don’t pay a fine within 28 days or arrange to pay a fine over time. The court can take money from:
The law requires employers, Work and Income and banks to make the deductions. Only the court can stop or change the deductions. Call 0800 4 FINES to ask the court to stop or change the deductions.
Your car can be clamped for unpaid fines. The court can only release it if you pay in full or make an arrangement to pay your fines.
To arrange payment contact 0800 4 FINES or a bailiff using the details on the clamp notice attached to the car.
The court can seize your car and property to pay for unpaid fines.
If your property has been seized, a notice of seizure will be left at the address and you have 7 days to pay in full or ask for time to pay. To arrange payment, contact the court within 7 days of the seizure.
Your property will normally be sold if you don’t arrange payment within 7 days. Money from the sale will be allocated:
If you have unpaid fines and try to leave or come into New Zealand, the police can stop you at the airport. You will be allowed to pay by credit card over the phone with a registrar.
If you don’t pay, the police can:
If you have a payment arrangement and your payments don't continue while you are away, you may be stopped when you come back to New Zealand.
The court can suspend your driver licence if you have overdue fines from traffic offences. You will be sent a warning letter before this happens.
If you do not respond to this warning letter an order will be made to suspend your license. This order may be served on you by an officer of the court, or by a police officer if you are stopped on the roadside.
Once served the order will be in force. You will no longer be permitted to drive and you will be required to surrender your license.
If you drive while suspended you risk:
Any fines that are overdue that you are not paying will show up on your credit record. Finance companies usually do not lend money to people with outstanding fines.
If you are having trouble paying you should call us on 0800 4 FINES.
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