There are three types of fines that may be enforced.
What kind of fine or debt do I have?
An expiation notice is a fine issued under an Act, regulation or by-law. These types of fines include:
- speed camera related fines
- on-the-spot fines
- parking fines.
If you do not pay the fine or debt by the due date, you will receive a reminder notice (which includes an additional fee). If it still remains overdue the Fines Unit will become involved for enforcement. At this point, significant enforcement fees are added to the original amount payable and various enforcement actions may be applied. The longer the fine isn’t paid, the more serious the penalties can become.
Court fines - pecuniary sums
A court fine (also called a ‘pecuniary sum’) is a fine handed down by a Judge or Magistrate as part of a Court Order. The fine will include the amount ordered to be paid plus any other fees payable (court costs, prosecution costs, victims of crime levy). If you do not pay the court fine on time, enforcement action could be taken.
These are referred to our office by government agencies when the original invoice remains unpaid. A number of enforcement actions can occur if a debt is not managed by you.
Understanding my enforcement notice
If you haven’t paid your initial fine or debt before the due date, you will be sent an enforcement notice from our office.
My fine reference (overdue fines or expiations)
You will find your fine reference on the top right-hand corner of any notices you have received. It has letters and numbers and will usually start with ‘EXREG’ or ‘MC’ or ‘AMC’.
My payment reference (overdue state debts)
You will find your payment reference on the top right-hand corner of any notices you have received. It will be located directly under your debt reference.