First car clamped in North Berwick

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

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A North Berwick resident was the first to have his car clamped in the town for failing to pay a fine.

The man found his Audi A8 car clamped on Saturday morning after failing to pay fines for speeding and parking in a non-waiting area.

He wound up paying the clamping costs in addition to the original fine in order to reclaim his vehicle. Before the enforcement action was taken, he received warning and was given the opportunity to engage with fines officers.

If he had not paid the full amount within 24 hours, the Scottish Courts Service (SCS) would have uplifted his car and removed it to storage where further daily charges would have accrued. Ultimately the Court can sell or scrap unclaimed vehicles.

The SCS has a range of enforcement powers in place to collect outstanding fines which, as well as clamping cars, includes deducting payment from wages, bank accounts and benefits.

Chief Operations Officer Cliff Binning warns: “If you have an outstanding fine in the East Lothian area, we urge you to catch up with your payments now. If you don’t, you could be the next person to see your car clamped. If your car is seized you then have to pay the additional cost to get it back, it just isn’t worth it.

“We pursue all unpaid fines, from traffic offences to court penalties. If you are in genuine financial difficulty you can contact a member of the fines enforcement team to discuss your

payment terms.”

Fines collection rates in Scotland continue to remain strong and a recent report shows that 86 per cent of the value of sheriff court fines imposed between April, 2010 and March, 2013, has either been paid or is on track to be paid through instalments.

In that time more than 109,000 benefit deduction orders were granted, while nearly 21,000 earnings arrestment orders were issued.

In the first nine months of the financial year there was a significant rise in online fine payments which saw more than £3.7 million pounds collected electronically, an increase of 33 per cent compared to the same period last year.

“There is no excuse for offenders not to pay their fines or contact our enforcement team for advice,” says Mr Binning. “Payment can be made online, by phone, by post or in person at any sheriff court or justice of the peace court.”

Most fines can be paid on our secure website at by completing five easy steps using a debit or credit card. Only fines which involve the endorsement of a driving licence with penalty points cannot be paid electronically including some police traffic tickets and penalties issued by the Safety Camera Partnerships for speeding or running a red light. In these instances offenders can post their licence to: the Scottish Court Service, Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G59 9DA or take it in person to any Scottish court.

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