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Transport Department looking for solutions to unpaid fines

Minister Vafeadis and his team are looking for remedies to ensure accountability and payment compliance


In efforts to address unpaid fines stemming from the photo-identification system, the Department for Transport is exploring potential remedies.

According to a statement provided to "ANT1," the Minister in charge, Alexis Vafeadis, revealed that approximately 178,000 fines have been issued since the system's implementation.

Of these fines, 92,000 have been paid, 12,000 have been served but remain unpaid, with the remainder pending collection.

Vafeadis emphasized, "If we have committed an offense, it cannot go unnoticed and unpunished."

One emerging scenario under consideration is the linkage of fines to vehicle registration permits. Specifically, drivers may find themselves unable to renew their licenses until fines associated with their vehicle numbers are settled.

Additionally, measures are being contemplated to streamline the out-of-court notice process, potentially involving direct notifications via text or email to reduce significant delays in citizen notifications.

Lastly, Vafeadis addressed penalties for obstructing mobile cameras. He noted that penalties would increase from the current 2,000 euros to 5,000 euros. The specific fine amount would be determined by magistrates, with offenders subject to court referrals.

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