NSW Police to stop issuing fines

Pay dispute between police union and NSW Government means motorists may not be slugged with fines from next week

Truck drivers in New South Wales are likely to be forking out less money in fines from next week due to a breakdown between the State Government and NSW Police over pay.

The Police Association of NSW has threatened to revive its ‘Fine Free’ initiative, whereby police officers refuse to issue monetary penalties to pressure the Government to agree to new pay conditions.

Police officers throughout this week will vote on whether to re-introduce ‘Fine Free’.

President of the Police Association of NSW Bob Pritchard says police officers will use their own discretion when issuing fines until they feel an agreement has been reached with the government.

"Police will use their discretion when issuing fines for all motorists, including truck drivers," Pritchard says.

Although the union says the ‘Fine Free’ initiative may be used indefinitely, it does not mean motorists will be given free reign.

Serious offenders will be hauled in front of the courts instead of being fined.

"Criminal behaviour on the roads, on the streets and on the trains is still being dealt with. While warnings are being issued more serious offenders will have to face the courts instead of simply paying a fine."

The action is expected to cost the NSW Government up to $2 million in revenue each week.

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