Wages shock for Peterhead fine dodger

Peterhead Sheriff Court.
Peterhead Sheriff Court.

A North-East bus driver got a nasty shock when his wages were frozen after he failed to pay an outstanding fine.

The man paid the £515 in full after Peterhead Sheriff and JP Court issued the Earnings Arrestment Order to collect the unpaid fine imposed for communications and licensing offences.

Bank and earnings arrestment orders are among a number of measures available to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) for recovering unpaid fines, which include taking money directly from benefits, clamping cars and even arresting people at a port or airport as they enter or leave the country.

Three people who owed outstanding fines paid up after being arrested at airports.

And it is not only holidaymakers and business travellers who face being stopped.

A pilot who owed money for an unpaid road traffic fine was arrested after he flew into Birmingham Airport.

The man, from the Glasgow area, who had been cited to appear at court and had not attended, was held on a warrant issued by Dumbarton Justice of the Peace Court and paid £150 to police before he was allowed to proceed.

A shoplifter who had been fined £200 but had not paid was arrested in January at Glasgow Airport on a warrant issued by Aberdeen Sheriff and JP Court.

The woman paid in full before she was allowed to proceed. And a man who had a £230 unpaid fine for a road traffic offence paid up in full after being arrested at Aberdeen Airport returning from a trip to Istanbul.

A new report released by SCTS today reveals that the fines collection rate remains consistently strong.

All defaulters are issued warnings before action is taken. Those in genuine financial difficulty can engage with enforcement officers to discuss payment terms.

Court imposed fines as well as most penalties issued by the Crown and Procurator Fiscal Service can be paid by phoning 0300 790 0003.