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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    SPER Driver Licence Suspension amnesty over

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, July 01, 2011

    SPER Driver Licence Suspension amnesty over

    Queenslanders with unpaid fines have been urged to pay up or risk having their driver licence suspended.

    Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Paul Lucas said the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) would today resume suspending the driver licences of people who continued to refuse to pay their fines.

    Mr Lucas said SPER initially deferred compliance and enforcement activities on all fines in January for people affected by widespread flooding. The deferral was extended in February to people living in cyclone-affected areas.

    “People were doing it tough at the time and the decision to defer these activities reflected the Queensland Government’s commitment to assisting the victims of these natural disasters and easing the financial pressure on local communities,” he said.

    “SPER began a phased lifting of deferrals as soon as the amnesty period concluded on 1 April.

    “The reintroduction of driver licence suspension as an enforcement action has been delayed until now to allow debtors sufficient time to pay outstanding fines or arrange a suitable payment plan.”

    Mr Lucas said SPER’s amnesty period following the natural disasters was an extraordinary measure to deal with extraordinary circumstances.

    “During that time it was important to take whatever steps necessary to help Queenslanders affected by the disasters recover,” he said.

    “We understand some debtors may be experiencing continued hardship and they should contact SPER to discuss their situation.”

    Mr Lucas said the reintroduction of driver licence suspensions would begin from 1 July and encouraged anyone with an unpaid fine to contact SPER.

    “If you have unpaid fines you should take immediate steps to pay these fines or enter into a satisfactory payment arrangement to ensure you don’t run the risk of having your licence suspended.

    “Suspending a driver licence is a decision not taken lightly and is only done after a debtor has continued to ignore requests from SPER.

    “People with fines will have already started receiving reminders and there is no excuse for anyone to say they haven’t received a notice from SPER as it is the responsibility of every driver to ensure their driver licence details are current with the Department of Transport and Main Roads”

    Anyone with unpaid fines should contact SPER on 1300 365 635 to arrange payment or payment options.

    Media contact: Thea Phillips 0400 232 341