Covid Fines – Only a Matter of Time

You’ve all undoubtedly heard the reports about how coronavirus breaches have been handled differently from one police force to the next, and you may well have seen footage of parties being broken up across the country, with revellers jumping out of windows to escape punishment.

Did you know though, that as many as 50% of all coronavirus related fines are going unpaid?

These fines, which are similar to parking fines in that they are Fixed Penalty Notices, are being treated as ‘throwaway’ slips of paper by many, which is indicative of their attitude towards the whole pandemic perhaps…

Either way, as these are being issued by the police, it isn’t a choice as to whether or not the recipient pays it, of course it isn’t, and so we see it as an inevitability, that in due course, these unpaid fines will be passed over to enforcement companies like ours.

With this in mind, we wanted to put the feelers out to see what your views are on this…

Should we, as an enforcement company, be holding people accountable to these unpaid fines?

In the same way that we would over, let’s say, unpaid Council Tax or rent arrears, for example?

There are mixed views on this, with some seeing the offences as much more serious than other Fixed Penalty offences, given that they have taken place in a time of national crisis, whilst others view the offences as more a case of ‘silliness and selfishness’.

Whatever your opinion on the matter, we’d like to hear it.

Have the fines been enough of a deterrent to prevent people from breaking the rules on social distancing?

Probably not, we’d say.

Were the amounts enough?

It might not have been anything to do with the amount.

Should penalties have been harsher and gone beyond fines?

This may end up happening yet, if criminal proceedings are pursued in the wake of unpaid fines.

Whatever happens, a future free of coronavirus will be anything but free of coronavirus related red tape.

What do you think?


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