What happens if I don't pay?
If you do not pay or make a payment arrangement by the due date, the Court can take enforcement action against you to collect the outstanding amount. The Court can:
- Make compulsory deductions from your wages, benefit or bank account.
- Seize and sell your property
- Stop you from travelling overseas
- Arrest you
If any of the above enforcement actions are started, the Court adds an enforcement fee to each fine being enforced. From 1 July 2013 this fee is $102.
- You could have your credit affected by having unpaid fines. This means you may not be able to buy items on hire purchase, as the Ministry of Justice passes details of unpaid fines to credit reporting agencies.
- The Ministry of Justice can also suspend your driver licence for unpaid traffic fines and reparation. This means you will not be able to legally drive on New Zealand’s roads. The suspension will remain in place until your fines are paid or a payment plan is set-up.
If you are having trouble making your payments you should call us on 0800 4 FINES to discuss your situation. Don’t wait for the Court to come to you.