||The purpose of this Bill is to amend two Acts in a number of respects. These Acts and amendments are as follows: The Fines Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 is amended to -
allow the Fines Enforcement Registrar to have the discretion to not impose or uplift a licence when there is undue hardship on the offender, and to allow a period of time to pay; restrict the ability of certain offenders from undertaking Work and Development Orders when they may pose a safety risk to the public or the supervising Community Corrections Officer; allow greater flexibility to the Fines Enforcement Register to enforce matters; allow for a full range of enforcement sanctions, for collection of bail surety monies, where current enforcement is restricted to the issue of a warrant of execution; and
ensure the right of the Crown to attend for re-hearing matters. The Road Traffic Act 1974 is amended to -
create a separate offence of driving under fine default suspension and allows for a greater range of sentencing dispositions for offences of driving under suspension, as provided for under the Sentencing Act 1995; provide for the Police to caution an offender when contacted in the first instance, in circumstances where the driver is suspected of being under fine default suspension; and
address an existing anomaly, so as to bring the cancellation of probationary drivers' licences in line with other drivers' licences, in providing for such drivers' licences to be suspended rather than cancelled.