BUSAN, May 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Police Agency after local law enforcement agents began confiscating license plates from cars owned by those whose traffic violation fines were more than 60 days’ delinquent.
The Busan Metropolitan Police Agency reported a total sum of 930 million won was collected in traffic fines from early January to April this year after ramping up efforts to take license plates away from long-term fine defaulters.
Collection efforts are up by 75.5 percent compared to the previous 100 days, which saw Busan law enforcement collect 400 million won more over the same period of time.
As the absence of a license plate means that a car can’t be driven, vehicle owners are finally rushing to pay fines that they had been sitting on for months.
“Previously, there was a general understanding among the public that traffic violation fines can be ignored and left unpaid. This is changing now as we plan on continuously implementing our hardline policy,” one official at the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency
As of April, the number of unpaid traffic violation fines amounted to over 940,000 in Busan alone, for an outstanding balance of 634 million won.