7 out of 10 fines in Belgium never paid

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The authorities hardly ever send a bailiff to collect unpaid fines.

70% of all fines imposed by courts in Belgium remain unpaid. The figures came from the Federal Finance Minister Didier Reynders (Francophone Liberal) in a response to a written question by the Flemish Liberal MP Sabien Lahaye-Battheu.

The authorities hardly ever send a bailiff to collect unpaid fines.

Seven out of ten people who have been issued with a court fine don’t pay up.

At least 100 million euros of the 138 million euros in fines that were issued in 2007 remain unpaid.

According to Ms Lahaye-Battheu this constitutes “a situation of wide-spread lawlessness that gets worse each year.”

The figure of more than 100 million euros in 2007 is well up on the 90 million euros in fines that went unpaid in 2006.

The Federal Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck (Flemish Christian Democrat) has said that he wants his department to become responsible for collecting the fines.

At present, it is the Finance Ministry’s responsibility to ensure that fines are paid.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Matt posted:

    on 30th April 2009, 16:00:43 - Reply

    Well, they haven't been paid and nothing bad has happened so perhaps they should stop issuing the fines as they aren't necessary :-)