Monday, 24 February 2014 - 08:55
No jail time if unable to pay traffic fines
People who really can't pay their traffic fines, no longer have to go into a cel if it is up to the lower regional court judges. They are fine-tuning these rules, according to the AD. Judges think that there must be definite refusal to pay, before someone has to go to jail. The debt collection bureau Centraal Justitieel Incassobureau (CJIB), last year submitted the request for the blocking of assets 37,000 times due to unpaid traffic fines. People who can't pay, land in jail if the request is approved by the lower regional court judge. Their fine remains in place during that time. Judges are now calling this unjust. President for the Council for the Jurisdiction, Frits Bakker, told the AD: "It is very frustrating if people's assets are blocked who really can't pay. There must be obvious signs of lack of willingness, not lack of ability. It's about people who come from the lower end of society. These are not people with manicured lawns who have their lives in order." This is why asset blocking will be rejected at doubt, and the Public Prosecution Service must come with more 'in-depth' files to prevent people who are up to their necks in fines from landing in jail.